By Elliot Foster
Rocky Fielding could yet go down a different route –– but the end game is still a world title fight.
The former British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion was last in action on March 3.
Fielding outpointed Karel Horejsek at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield, as part of the undercard to Kell Brook’s vacant WBC Silver super-welterweight title win against Sergey Rabchenko.
And after the win, which took Fielding’s record to 26-1 with 14 quick, promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that talks were underway for the 30-year-old to take on Gilberto Ramirez, the 26-year-old Mexican champion, for the WBO world title.
Those talks advanced to a deal, with Fielding agreeing to terms then waiting for the situation to progress.
However, that progression hasn’t happened to date, leaving the former WBC International champion somewhat disheartened.
But there remains light at the end of the tunnel after the IBF ordered Fielding and Caleb Plant, the 25-year-old Las Vegan, to participate in a final eliminator for their version of the global honour.
Should a deal be agreed, the winner of the clash will become mandatory to 32-year-old James DeGale, who reclaimed the title with a unanimous decision victory over Caleb Truax in a rematch on April 7 at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
If a deal is not agreed, a purse bid is set for May 8 at the IBF offices in Springfield, New Jersey.
And that’s not the end of the options for Fielding, either, with Boxing Scene of the understanding that he could be considered as a potential future opponent for WBA ‘regular’ super-middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge.