Rocky Fielding Open To James DeGale Showdown

By Elliot Foster

Rocky Fielding has expressed a desire to fight James DeGale next -- but insists they’re at the early stages in terms of the fight being made.

Six weeks ago, James DeGale dumped his IBF super-middleweight title to avoid a high risk-low reward mandatory defence against Venezuelan Jose Uzcategui and instead chase domestic rivals and the kind of fights that would, financially, help usher the 2008 Olympic gold medallist towards a fruitful and early-ish retirement.

Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr., the reserve fighter in the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight final, have been mentioned as potential fights on the horizon for ‘Chunky’.


But WBA ‘regular’ world champion Fielding told Boxing Scene that discussions have been had regarding the fight.
“There have been talks,” Fielding said recently. “I was in London last month and I spoke to [promoter] Eddie [Hearn], but he’s the only name that’s been mentioned, really, so I don’t know too much.

“I’m not about taking it easy now. I’ve done it all now, I’ve won the world title and now it’s about cashing in and winning financially, getting the rewards for all the hard work that I’ve put in.”

Hearn revealed recently that he was planning a return to Liverpool for November, potentially November 3 at the ECHO Arena, exclusively live on Sky Sports, with former English, British, Commonwealth, WBC International and WBA Inter-Continental champion Fielding expected to feature.

“I’d take the fight, that’s fine, I’ve got no problem with fighting DeGale. He’s a good fighter, but I’d have to be paid properly to have it. Eddie said that he was looking for all kinds of money for the fight when it was first mentioned a few weeks back, but all I said to him was: ‘Make sure I get more than him.’

“I’m back in training properly after Belfast this weekend and I want to get out again as soon as possible.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by W1LL on 08-18-2018

This would be an ugly matchup and the build-up would be excruciating. James DeGale doesn't have enough left to put Rocky from Tocky away, and Rocky would just huff and puff and lean all over DeGale for 12 rounds. Fook…

Comment by Mammoth on 08-18-2018

DeGale sucks. If he loses he should retire.

Comment by Randall Cunning on 08-18-2018

Think they both need the fight really. Public dont really give a **** about Degale, Fielding needs a legit win before going on to the Groves/Smith winner.

Comment by BigZ44 on 08-18-2018

I actually had a dream about this fight last night. Fielding is gonna KO DeGale

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 08-18-2018

So he's won an alphabet strap and he's going to cash in on all that glory. Oh ffs. Does he really believe that being the WBA regular champ means anything? I regard it as a minor belt now.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (11)
Top Headlines Tyson Fury's Trainer Ben Davison - The Unlikely Hero Pacquiao Prepares For Broner's 'Running,' Aims To Seek & Destroy Hearn: Disappointing if Joshua Doesn't Get Wilder or Fury Next Hearn: Khan Should Decide on Crawford or Brook Within a Week Pedraza: I'm Proud of What I Did, It Was Close Until The 11th Photos: Braekhus, Shields, Estrada Get Wins on Final HBO Card Fury To Wilder: You'll Need More Than a Million Judges To Rob Me Brook Warns Khan: Don't Come Crawling To Me After Crawford Dogboe: I Just Couldn't Get The Victory, The Best Man Won Michel Soro Has No Problems in Stopping Greg Vendetti Lomachenko-Pedraza Rating Looking Big For ESPN Hearn: WBC Has NOT Ordered Rematch, Wilder Can Face Joshua Dirrell Motivated, 'Ready For Challenge' of Yildirim Title Fight Shields Training Charlo, Ajagba, Apochi For Barclays Card Photos: Navarrete Stuns, Punishes Dogboe For WBO Title Wilder-Fury Rematch Talks To Begin Next Week, Says Warren Photos: Lomachenko Drops, Decisions Pedraza To Unify Belts Photos: Kell Brook Looks Flat in Decision Win Over Zerafa Photos: Carroll, Frenois Ends in Draw - No Mandatory For Farmer Teofimo Lopez: Im 2019, I Will Be Champion - I Guarantee It! Brook: I Want To Shut Khan Up, Then Move On To Spence, Porter Rene Alvarado Beats Carlos Morales, Targets Machado Shot Euro News: Spike O'Sullivan, Oliver Meng, Jordy Weiss, More Video: Andre Ward Talks Loma, Spence-Garcia, Pacquiao, More Filip Hrgovic Decisions Kevin Johnson Over Eight Rounds Lomachenko Wants More Belts, Hopes For Mikey Garcia in 2019 Mchunu Gets Revenge on Oosthuizen, Mbenge Stops Vazquez Pat Manuel, Transgender Boxer, Makes History With Win Lomachenko vs. Pedraza - CompuBox Punch Stats Cecilia Braekhus Retains Titles, Lopsided Decision over Lopes Lomachenko Drops Pedraza Twice, Wins Decision To Unify Titles Juan Francisco Estrada Breaks Down, Stops Mendez in Seven Lomachenko vs. Pedraza - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Claressa Shields Easily Boxes Past Hermans, Hammer Up Next Emanuel Navarrete Shocks Isaac Dogboe, Captures WBO Title Dogboe vs. Navarrete - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Teofimo Lopez Destroys Mason Menard - One Punch in One Besputin Drops Abreu Twice, Wins 10-Round Unanimous Decision Dogboe vs. Navarrete - CompuBox Historical Review Lomachenko: Getting Dropped Was Me Not Being Focused

Latest Active Forum Threads