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Rocky Fielding: I'd Love An ECHO Arena Defense of WBA Title

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.

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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.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BigZ44 on 07-15-2018

Really hope to see him rematch Ryder in his first defense

Comment by Mick Higgs on 07-15-2018

Far too many unfair comments here. The Guy's done well. however if he really wants a major showdown to cash in, then it has to be Zurdo or Ramirez in some kind of unification & quite likely not in the…

Comment by alexguiness on 07-15-2018

A 'version' of the WBA title...�� I am pleased for Fielding, but in reality he is a C level guy on his very best day.

Comment by Abovetheclouds on 07-15-2018

The Super Middle division is stacked domestically, but it is a strange one overall at the moment. -Who knows if the WBSS final will go ahead -DeGale dropped the IBF -Zurdo fighting bums -Everyone afraid of Uzcategui & Benavidez When…

Comment by GlassJoey on 07-15-2018

It was a really impressive performance but I think it’s all amplified by seeing him getting mullered by Callum Smith. I think he probably got offered the Zeuge fight because they thought he would get beat easily. Now he’ll be…

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