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Andy Lee Replaces Martin Murray, Fielding-Blackledge Set

By Terence Dooley

Eddie Hearn of Matchroom has confirmed that Liverpool's Rocky Fielding will defend his Commonwealth Super middleweight title against Luke Blackledge at Manchester's Phones 4U Arena on Saturday night.  The bout takes place on the undercard of Carl Froch versus George Groves and will be a welcome boost for Blackledge, who was pencilled in to meet Paul Smith for the British belt on December 7th and now gets his first major title crack a couple of weeks early.

Clitheroe's Blackledge, 14-1-2 (5), will hope to wrest the Commonwealth title away from Fielding, but the "Rocky from Stock" is on a roll, he picked up the vacant belt by beating Mohammed Akrong in September and is undefeated, 16-0 (9).  Apart from contesting the Commonwealth title, both Fielding, 26, and Blackledge, 23, will be vying to earn the right to challenge Smith, who won the British belt with a scintillating sixth-round stoppage victory over Liverpudlian rival Tony Dodson in June.

Ireland's Andy Lee has also been added to the bill, according to Sky Sports, following Martin Murray's withdrawal from the card, the St. Helens-based middleweight contender was forced to pull out of the big bill after picking up a virus.  Lee, 30-2 (21), will help pique the interest of Ireland-based boxing fans — it also gives the fans in attendance a rare opportunity as it is the 29-year-old's first professional appearance on English soil.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by D-MiZe on 11-21-2013

Fielding-Blackledge is an intriguing fight.

Comment by daggum on 11-21-2013

[QUOTE=hougigo;13948872]SInce it's gonna be a title shot... I'm not surprised[/QUOTE] isnt it going to be against a bum? i guess its fair since he already should be the champ after beating martinez. he figures why am i putting myself in…

Comment by Hougigo on 11-21-2013

[QUOTE=daggum;13948855]the virus called he's already preparing for a fight in february.[/QUOTE] SInce it's gonna be a title shot... I'm not surprised

Comment by daggum on 11-21-2013

the virus called he's already preparing for a fight in february.

Comment by wonder187 on 11-21-2013

Murry done got the magic virus....

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