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Rocky Fielding: I’d fight DeGale in a heartbeat

The WBA “world” champion will put his belt up at the end of the year.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Rocky Fielding, who holds the WBA “world” super middleweight title, won’t be rematching Tyron Zeuge, and has instead turned his attention to other fighters, as he’s likely to return to the ring for a defense in December.

James DeGale has come up, and Fielding (27-1, 15 KO) says he’s up for that:

“DeGale’s name has been mentioned to me and I’d fight him in a heartbeat. I’d love that to get made for December. “He’s a former world champion, an Olympic champion and a good name with a good record. I heard that he’s looking to get it on with Chris Eubank Jr so I can sit back and then maybe I get the Smith-Groves winner. I’m at this level now and want to stay here against top-level fighters.”

The 31-year-old Fielding looked really good stopping Zeuge in five on July 14 in Germany, and now has himself in position as a name with a belt in the division. You don’t have to take his title seriously, but he does, and so will other fighters.

But for now he plays the waiting game. DeGale is back on Sunday in California, or at least that’s the idea, having vacated the IBF title he won from Caleb Truax earlier this year. And the Groves-Smith fight is tomorrow in Saudi Arabia, with no guarantee at all that the winner would be ready for a December fight.

So we’ll see. But Fielding believes he’s grown immensely as a fighter and improved under trainer Jamie Moore, and so far the results are speaking.

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