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Rocky Fielding set to continue defying critics

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Commonwealth super-middleweight champion (©GettyImages)
Commonwealth super-middleweight champion (©GettyImages).

Rocky Fielding, 26, recently extended his unbeaten run to 16-0 and captured the Commonwealth super-middleweight title in emphatic fashion.

Fielding is a boxer who came to prominence out of nowhere in 2011 when he stepped into the Prizefighter tournament as a late replacement for Kenny Anderson. Fielding was to announce himself in tremendous style by winning the tournament. Rocky stopped each of the three opponents he faced and suddenly threw his name into domestic contention.

Since taking the Prizefighter title he has gone from strength to strength and really has improves as a fighter and proved the doubters wrong.

Last night Fielding floored his opponent Akrong within seconds of the first bell with a good left-hook. Akrong returned to his feet and beat the count but was clearly in trouble and there for the taking. Fielding upped the pressure and was landing at will on the defenceless Akrong.

The ref stepped in to end the fight with Akrong against the ropes and clearly out of his depth. Fielding was absolutely dominant and destroyed the man in his way. It was an easy fight for him and he himself knows that much tougher fights are ahead for him in the not too distant future.

There are some fantastic domestic fights that can take place at super-middleweight including the likes of Fielding himself. There is the potential to face the likes of Callum Smith, Tony Dodson or perhaps even Paul Smith a little further down the line.

The super-middleweight division in this country is absolutely buzzing with the names already mentioned adding to names such as Carl Froch, George Groves and James Degale. It is great to see so many talented British fighters out there at the moment and we are certainly in a great place.

Personally I would like to see Rocky Fielding go in against the man he was supposed to be fighting, Tony Dodson. Dodson is an experienced, tough campaigner who would really test Fielding and show just where he stands at this point in time.

It would be tough to call a winner between the two and that makes for an exciting spectacle. It would be a big step up in class from this fight but that is what Fielding needs if he is to go on to achieve big things in this sport.

Fielding’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that he is likely to schedule another fight for Rocky on the undercard of the Froch v Groves fight on November 23 so fans will not have to wait too long to see him back in action again.

I don’t know how far Fielding can go in the sport but one thing I do know is that if he carries on the way he is than he will continue to defy the critics.

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