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Rocky Fielding set for Nov. 15 return in Liverpool

The former titleholder will be back after a layoff.

Canelo Alvarez v Rocky Fielding Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Rocky Fielding, the former WBA “world” super middleweight titleholder, will return to the ring on Nov. 15 in Liverpool. The fight will be his first since Dec. 2018, when he was thrashed inside of three rounds by Canelo Alvarez at Madison Square Garden.

Fielding (27-2, 15 KO) has had a pretty interesting career overall. He broke out a bit with his March 2011 Prizefighter tournament win at the Olympia in Liverpool, his hometown, beating Patrick J. Maxwell, Joe Ainscough, and Tobias Webb. Those were just the fourth, fifth, and sixth bouts of Fielding’s pro career, and he was still quite green as a professional, but by 2013 he was ready to step up a bit for real, beating Mohammed Akrong to win the vacant Commonwealth title at 168 pounds. He lost the belt on the scales in 2014, blowing weight badly for a scheduled defense against Charles Adamu, a fight he won on the cards.

In 2015, the unbeaten Fielding was matched against top rising star Callum Smith, who demolished Fielding to win the vacant British super middleweight title, dropping Fielding three times and winning in just 2:45.

But Fielding came back from that, knocking off John Ryder in 2017 to win the again vacant British belt, and then upsetting Tyron Zeuge in Germany in July of last year to win the WBA’s secondary “world” title. That landed him the fight with Alvarez in New York, and Canelo laid waste to Fielding, putting him down four times.

Fielding’s comeback fight was originally scheduled for July 12, but an injury postponed his return. He’ll be back at the Olympia in Liverpool in November, looking to get back in the mix at 168 on an MTK Global card that will stream on ESPN+.

“My dreams have come true in becoming a British and world champion but now I want to get a win under my belt in my next fight and then any big names or world champions who want a defense can get on the phone,” Fielding said.

“I’m going to get back to what won me the British and world titles and that’s boxing clever and staying concentrated. I’m looking forward to it.”

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