Former secondary super middleweight titleholder Rocky Fielding will be back in action on Friday, July 12, returning to Liverpool’s Olympia for the first time since winning the Commonwealth title back in 2013.
Fielding (27-2, 15 KO) is, of course, coming off of a Dec. 15 fight in which he traveled to the United States as the opponent for Canelo Alvarez’s DAZN debut and the Mexican’s first fight at Madison Square Garden.
Alvarez shredded Fielding, dropping him in the first round, second round, and twice more in the third round before the fight was mercifully called off.
The 31-year-old Fielding will face an opponent to be named, with the show airing on ESPN+ in the US.
Also in action on the card will be 36-year-old middleweight veteran Martin Murray (37-5-1, 17 KO), who will also look to bounce back from a loss, his to Hassan N’dam a week after Fielding was wrecked by Canelo. The show will also feature a featherweight fight between Jazza Dickens and Nathaniel May, which had already been announced.
“I’m absolutely buzzing to be back,” Fielding said. “There’s no place like home and the Olympia is really where my career started — I won Prizefighter there and then the English and British titles there too.
“It’s great to be back fighting in front of my home fans. I look at the top names in the division and I believe I’m still up there,” he added. “I’m looking forward to training alongside my good mate Martin Murray for this one. The last time we were on a bill together, we both won titles so it’ll be special for us both.”
Murray, who had pondered retirement after the loss to N’dam, says the break was good for him.
“I’ve been keeping myself fit and doing a lot of training. I’m pushing myself and I know I’m not done physically but mentally, I needed a rest. Now I’m fully refreshed,” he said.
“This short time away from the sport has done me a world of good because I’ve had time to sit down and think about what I really wanted. I’m back and I’m just going to enjoy fighting again. I went back to the gym yesterday and I genuinely loved being back. I’m not done – I had one off fight and now I’m coming back. I can’t wait to get out there in Liverpool.”
Murray recently gained a US visa after years of being turned down due to his past stints in prison, so he could have eyes on fighting at least once on American soil later this year if he feels good after July 12.