Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Fielding On Prospect of Facing Paul and Callum Smith

By Shaun Brown

Rocky Fielding says he has little interest in a fight with local super middleweight rival, Callum Smith, but is still very keen on facing the elder of the four fighting brothers, Paul.

This Saturday night at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, Fielding has a sink or swim fight when he faces Noe Gonzalez for the WBA Inter-Continental title at 168lbs. Gonzalez represents Fielding’s stiffest test to date having previously faced the likes of Felix Sturm, Adonis Stevenson and George Groves. The latter two got the Argentinian-based Uruguayan out inside six rounds but his own stat of 22 of his 30 wins coming inside the distance has the attention of the home town fighter.

“He’s a dangerous fighter and got a good few knockouts on his record. He’s only lost to top fighters. It’s a tough fight for me but I think I’m ready for that step up,” declared Fielding 18-0 (10 KOs).

A win for the Liverpudlian could set up a big 12 months with a world ranking, eliminators and a world title shot part of his and promoter, Eddie Hearn’s plans. But Fielding hopes that dream world title shot may come sooner should Paul Smith land a fight with WBO Super Middleweight champion, Arthur Abraham, on Sep 27 in Germany as has been previously reported but not confirmed.

Fielding finds himself in a slight predicament with that particular fight. On one hand he would love his fellow Scouser to win the world title but on the other he hopes the 31 year old is on the wrong end of a defeat. A point he made abundantly clear to Boxing Scene

“I used to get on with Paul but I hope he gets f***ed for this one. Nah I’m only messing,” said a semi-serious Fielding.

“He slagged me off in my last fight and said he would’ve knocked me out. From one side I hope he gets f***ed, from the other side I wouldn’t mind him winning the title and me taking it from him in a voluntary defence. I’ve gone off him now but it’s a fight he’s got a chance of winning.”

‘Scene asked the unbeaten 26 year old how he sees the fight going, should it happen.
“I haven’t really watched much of Abraham but I’ve watched Paul. There’s nothing much there I can see what he brings except he relies on his punching power. He’s a bit lazy sometimes, doesn’t throw many shots. If he did win it then maybe next summer I can fight him for it. Abraham’s okay, he’s beatable, Paul has a chance of doing it. They both seem to be kind of the same. I think Paul’s a bit lazy on his feet, no movement but I’ll be tuning in to watch.”

According to Fielding, a fight with him and Paul is a subject that he is often approached about in Liverpool.

“I’ve been getting asked every day for 18 months about when I’m fighting him. Got asked twice yesterday,” he said.

But what he doesn’t have constantly mentioned in his earholes is the name of Callum Smith, another local rival and stablemate of Fielding’s.

The youngest of the four Smith boxing brothers has been turning heads with his impressive displays after stopping nine of his first eleven opponents inside six rounds or less. Promoter, Eddie Hearn, has been leading the bandwagon about ‘Mundo’ and feels he is one of, if not the best prospect in the world. Is the hype justified?

“He’s doing what he’s doing, there’s hype around him. I don’t know if that’s because of what Eddie’s doing,” said an unsure Fielding in response.

“I know Prizefighter (which Fielding won in 2011) is different from a fight, he beat [Tobias] Webb in two rounds, I beat him in one and nothing got mentioned about things like that. I’ve won Prizefighter and the English and Commonwealth titles. I let Callum do what he does. There’s not a lot to say about it. He’s doing well and people are on about him. Until he fights someone good, decent then we’ll see. Yeah there’s big hype, that’s it, that’s all you can say. He’s got to fight someone decent enough that can test him and see what he’s about. I don’t know.”

Fielding didn’t appear interested in Callum Smith and even less interested when I mentioned the possibility of a fight between the two. Fielding feels there’s little point and little to get excited about. The money isn’t there, in his opinion, and it would be better with something bigger brought to the table.

“I’ve spoke about it with Eddie. At the moment it’s not a big fight. It’s not a fight with meaning. But me and Paul would sell the Echo Arena out and the money involved in fighting Paul would be good. Maybe down the line in 18 months, two years it can happen and hopefully with a few belts behind us. Something on the line, something that would sell. You’d be lucky right now if the Olympia sold out for it and I’d probably sell that out myself anyway. If you build it up and we do well and get titles and fight for a world title that makes more sense for the fight to happen doesn’t it?”

You can read more from Rocky Fielding in the first part of our interview by clicking this link
http://www.boxingscene.com/rocky-fielding-discusses-weight-issues-gonzalez-fight--79694

Shaun Brown is the UK Editor at Boxing Scene and a contributor to Boxing Monthly. He can be contacted at [email protected] with any news, views or stories you may have.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mick Higgs on 07-12-2014

Agreed: Fielding would have far more success @ 175Lb. British, Commonwealth & EBU title should be within his reach.

Comment by Bajingo on 07-11-2014

Fielding should stick to 175 either Smith will beat him at 168.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Gervonta Davis Vows: I Will Be That Next Pay-Per-View Star! Michael Conlan Puts Olympics Behind Him, Has Big Career Goals Marquez Gives Canelo The Clear Edge Over Much Bigger Chavez Jr. Thurman: My Power, Speed Will Rise Above Garcia's 'Swiftness' DeGale-Jack Drew an Average of 454,000 Viewers on Showtime Thurman Hopes He and Garcia Can Draw 8 Million Viewers on CBS Cuadras Warns: Chocolatito Was Afraid, Rungvisai Might KO Him! Rob Brant's Ring Return Moves on With Late Replacement Keith Thurman to Danny Garcia: You’re Getting Knocked Out Badou Jack Vacates WBC Title, Officially Moves Up To 175-Pounds Video: Angel Garcia Talks Keith Thurman Unification Video: Keith Thurman Breaks Down Danny Garcia, Angel Garcia Photos: Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman - Tense Face To Face in NY Video: Danny Garcia, Angel Garcia Sound Off on Keith Thurman Video: SHO's Espinoza Discusses Future Fights on Network, More DeGale: Mayweather Talks Rubbish, Has Big Ego, All About Him Eddie Hearn Discusses The Status of Kell Brook vs. Amir Khan Photos: Michael Conlan - New York City Presser For Pro Debut Jordan Thompson Inks Frank Warren Deal Marco Huck vs. Mairis Briedis Finalized For April 1 Showdown Groves' Trainer Talks DeGale vs. Jack, Status of Chudinov Fight CBS to Air Garcia-Thurman; Announcement at Press Conference Patrick Nielsen, Dina Thorslund Ready For Nordic Fight Night Bouts Michael Conlan vs. Tim Ibarra Ticket Information Billy Joe Saunders Links Up With Adam Booth After Tibbs Split Manny Pacquiao's Career Could Extend Beyond 2017, Says Arum Jarrell Miller: Deontay Wilder is a Fraud; Highly Doubt He Fights Me Broner: Fighting Spence Would Be "Foolish" for Crawford's Career Daily Bread Mailbag: Golovkin-Jacobs, Canelo-Chavez, More Lawrence Okolie Inks Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn Jamie Cox: I Would Beat Eubank Jr. and Quinlan in The Same Night! Farrell Hungry To Produce Champions, Excited for McCrory Link Up Chisora To Whyte: Forget Wilder, You Need To Face Me Again J. Mayweather No Longer Convinced That Golovkin Beats Canelo Veteran Judge: Horn Has No Real Talent, Pacquiao By KO in 3 To 4 Marco Huck vs. Mairis Briedis, WBC Title, in Play For April 1 Adam Lopez: I Have Everything it Takes To Get My Shot Marquez: Chavez Jr. Must First Defeat The Weight, Then Canelo Arum Provides Update on Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn Event Photos: Michael Conlan Hits New York City For MSG Presser
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement