Canelo Alvarez stepping up to super-middleweight to challenge Rocky Fielding

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Canelo Alvarez enters the ring to face Gennady Golovkin (not pictured) in the middleweight world championship boxing match at T-Mobile Arena.

Rocky Fielding (21-1) will defend his WBA World super-middleweight title against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (50-1-2) on December 15 at Madison Square Garden.

Speaking to Sky Sports about the surprise announcement, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn said Canelo's promoter Eric Gomez approached him to arrange the fight.

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And now, we see that Alvarez plans to head into the New Year with some new hardware in tow. "Taking a big challenge more in my career and representing the WBC as 160-pound champion, now I will fight for the world title for 168 pounds versus Rocky Fielding, current WBA champion!"

Canelo ended Golovkin's unbeaten reign as unified middleweight champion with a majority decision in Las Vegas on September 15, seizing the World Boxing Council and WBA middleweight belts. Even by moving up a weight class to super middleweight, he'll likely be a massive favorite against Fielding.

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His fight with GGG was the last of his contract with HBO. Since then, however, Fielding has won six fights in a row, including three by TKO.

Now, he will take on Fielding, who boasts a 27-1 record and claimed the WBA strap in July by stopping previous champion Tyron Zeuge in Germany.

Canelo Alvarez says he will move up to 168 pounds for his next fight against Rocky Fielding on December 15 in NY.

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