Rocky Fielding, the former WBA "regular" super middleweight champion, showed he still has ambition in the sport as he stopped Timo Laine, of Finland, in the third round of Probellum’s show in Liverpool.
It was a straight-forward night’s work for Fielding, who landed rights at will and forced referee Steve Gray to jump in at 1:34 of the third ad he unloaded with Laine covering up on the ropes.
Fielding had only boxed four rounds, split over two fights, since he lost to Canelo Alvarez at Madison Square Garden in 2018. That is one of only two defeats on his record, the other being to Callum Smith.
Blane Hyland climbed off the floor to claim a narrow six-round decision over Stephen Jackson at bantamweight. Hyland had the edge early on but was dropped at the end of the fourth round by a hard right. Jackson also did well in the final round but referee John Latham gave Hyland the edge by 57-56 to move to 6-1 as a pro.
Irish super-featherweight Steven Cairns took only 91 seconds to stop Jose Hernandez, a Spain-based Nicaraguan. A big right hand hurt Hernandez and Cairns landed two more rights to send him to the floor. Hernandez beat the count at nine, but referee Gray waved it off. It was scheduled for four rounds.
Joe McGrail took exactly the same time as he stopped Mohammed Al Warith in a super-bantamweight four-rounder. A series of big rights led referee Latham to jump in. McGrail is now 3-0.
Bantamweight Will Cawley never really had to step out of first gear as he moved to 2-0 over Lithuania’s Marius Vysniauskas, referee Latham scoring it 40-36.
Super-featherweight Harry Kinsella made a successful professional debut as he took a 40-36 decision on referee Gray’s card to beat Cristian Narvaez, of Nicaragua.
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.
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