Liverpool's Rocky Fielding has taken another step in the right direction following what was a very impressive victory over Uruguayan Noe Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is a man most known to British fight fans for facing George Groves last year on the Froch versus Kessler II undercard. Gonzalez was knocked out by Groves but he is a tough opponent who has only been beaten by real class.
Gonzalez has only ever lost to Groves, Felix Sturm and Adonis Stevenson. There is no disgrace in losing to such quality opposition and he definitely represented a step up in class for the ever improving Fielding.
Fielding the cousin of current Liverpool and England football captain Steven Gerrard came into the fight with an undefeated record of 18 wins. He had however been stripped of his Commonwealth title by failing to make the weight for his last fight against Charles Adamu and he needed to prove this time that he could make the weight and be effective.
The big fight
Fielding started the fight well behind the jab but Gonzalez began to land some heavy punches. Fielding proved he can take a shot well and has answered any questions about his chin in this fight.
The fight was very entertaining with Gonzalez showing great determination and a good desire to win. He definitely showed up to win and gave a good performance.
Fielding took some good shots but didn't ever look in trouble. He weathered the storm before firing back with his own heavy shots.
In the fifth round Gonzlaez piled forward and started to unload with Fielding on the ropes. Fielding simply blocked the shots and countered with big shots of his own. Gonzalez had left himself wide open and he was to be punished for being so.
He hit the floor before returning to his feet with two minutes still left in the round. Fielding roared out and went in for the kill. He backed his man against the ropes and let his hands go. He landed good shots and the referee stepped in.
Fielding exploded into celebration almost throwing himself through the ropes as he tried to climb them. You could see the passion and just how much this meant to him and it made for great viewing.
This type of tough fight is exactly what Fielding needed at this stage of his career. He was made to work hard for his win but he came through in impressive fashion. He will have learnt a lot from this fight and it will be good experience for him.
The fight everyone is looking forward to is Fielding versus another Liverpool super middleweight and perhaps one of the best prospects in boxing, Callum Smith. A fight between the two somewhere down the line would make for fantastic viewing and would be a big fight for the city of Liverpool.