By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
ROCKY FIELDING aims to score the most decisive win of his career tonight in a Merseyside derby with Carl Dilks.
The duo will battle it out for the vacant English super-middleweight title at a packed Liverpool Olympia, where Fielding is convinced he has the edge.
The two Scousers top a bill that also features eight boxers fighting for the Prizefighter lightweight trophy.
Fielding, 25, came to prominence with an unexpected Prizefighter victory at the Olympia last March.
He became the first contestant to stop all three of his opponents and said: “Winning that event has changed everything for me.
“I have now moved up to the next level and my aim is to get this English title, then move on to the British title and keep progressing to European level – then a world title shot.”
Fielding has won all 11 of his professional bouts and is convinced that he can add another to that record tonight.
Dilks, 29, has won 16 of his 21 paid fights but Fielding is aiming to brush him aside en route to a possible British title bid next year.
He said: “Carl has plenty of experience but I am a better boxer and just have to showcase it.
“I think my class will win the day against Carl, who’ll want to come at me and give it a go. He’ll bring the best out of me.”
Meanwhile, Anthony Crolla is hoping that the experience gained at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles can help him win Prizefighter.
Crolla, 25, is on the comeback trail after losing the British title to Derry Mathews and is one of the main draws in the latest eight-man event.
He could face Mathews in tonight’s final and his trainer Joe Gallagher is confident he can come out on top.
He said: “He’s had good training at the Wild Card gym. He sparred some good kids over there and it gave him a lot of belief and confidence.”
Mathews is the favourite to win Prizefighter, with rival Crolla at 12-5 and Gary Sykes third favourite at 7-2.
QUARTER-FINAL DRAW: Jamie Spence v Derry Mathews Patrick Liam Walsh v Terry Flannigan Anthony Crolla v Stephen Jennings Gary Sykes v Tommy Coyle.