News | Dec 14 2018

How Rocky Fielding almost lost a seven figure pay day for the smallest of reasons

How the tiniest blemish almost ruined Canelo Alvarez's fight with Rocky Fielding. John Dennen explains
Canelo Alvarez vs Rocky Fielding
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THE tiniest of blemishes almost denied Rocky Fielding a seven figure pay day and would have called off the Canelo Alvarez fight mere days before it was due to take place.

A tiny tear in his passport photo almost saw Fielding denied a visa to travel to America and box Canelo on Saturday (December 15) at Madison Square Garden in New York.

“He applied for a visa, so he got a letter. He went about a month ago, went in, had the interview, got the visa, got approved for the visa. They took the passport off him, said okay we’ll get it stamped and send it back to you. Last Monday [December 3] we get a letter back from the passport agency saying your visa has been denied because there was a tear – you couldn’t even see the tear – but there’s a tear on the page. We were told you need to get a new passport send it back and then it can take anywhere from three days to two weeks once you get it back and the fights in 11 days,” Fielding’s promoter Eddie Hearn said. “They had his passport and they approved the visa in front of him, then when he went away, they looked at it and said actually no.”