By Elliot Foster
Rocky Fielding is elated after winning a version of the world title.
The 30-year-old super-middleweight upset the odds in Offenburg against the champion Tyron Zeuge, stopping him inside five rounds on Saturday night to win the WBA ‘regular’ crown.
Fielding, who has won English, British, Commonwealth and several International and Inter-Continental belts on the way to the upper echelons of the division, had been set for shots at titles with the WBO and the IBF before the shot at Zeuge came up.
But he will be glad that he took this opportunity and is now at the top table of the division, with just Super champion George Groves ahead of him.
He is now targeting big fights and big names, three years after suffering a one-round stoppage defeat at the hands of local rival Callum Smith, but has already outlined his immediate plans.
“I’ll have a little rest, take my little lad to nursery for a few weeks which I’ve missed and relax with the family for a bit,” he said. “It feels amazing. It’s brilliant. The fact that I came to the champ’s back yard and stopped him says a lot. I listened to [my coach] Jamie [Moore], everything he said was on point. Zeuge’s a great fighter and I did a job on him.
“I said I was going out there to stop him and that’s what I’ve done. I had to listen to my corner, everything was on, I had a lot riding on it and I’m so happy.”
Fielding did, for a brief period, dare to dream about what could be next.
“It was a brilliant week and this just topped it off. It was a massive thing for me, this, and I’ve worked my way up, going back to Cantril Farm with the belt.
“I’d love to go back home and defend the title at the ECHO Arena in my home city. That would be something special.”