By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Rocky Fielding insists he is in the big league, providing he wins his next fight.
The reserved Liverpool super middleweight has designs on winning a world title in the near future, but he must first remove local rival Callum Smith from his path to global glory.
Fielding will battle his fellow Scouser for the vacant British title, live on Sky Sports, with Smith’s WBC Silver crown also at stake.
He believes, like ‘Mundo’, that this fight, which will take place in front of a sell-out 10,000 crowd at the city’s ECHO Arena on November 7, is just another one on the road to picking up that coveted green and gold trinket.
“I have a lot of respect for Callum Smith,” said Fielding, “and I’m not going to sit here badmouthing him just because I’m fighting him.
“That’s not what I’m about. He’s done nothing to me, hasn’t said anything bad about me, so why should I do that to him?
“This fight is a big one; not only for me but for Callum and for Liverpool boxing as a whole. Callum’s a good fighter, we all know that, but he’s in my way and I have to move him in order to get to where I want to be.”
Fielding has emphatically quashed the idea that nerves will play a part in this fight and is instead taking it in his stride and getting on with it.
“I’ve come from nothing, boxing at leisure centres on small-hall shows to headlining at the ECHO Arena,” said the 21-0 (12) man, who seems to be improving with every performance.
“I never thought I’d be doing this, but I’ve boxed at the Arena numerous times now and don’t reckon nerves will get the better of me.
“I think it’ll be excitement, jittery nerves and butterflies more than nerves about getting beat. I’m confident of winning and all I’m predicting that I’ll win.
“I’m not arsed how I win, but a win in this fight will put me in the big league. It’s big then. It’ll give me the number one position with the WBC [which Smith currently holds] and I can then target [WBC champion] Badou Jack and go on to fight for the world title.
“When I beat Callum Smith, I’ll sit down with [promoter] Eddie [Hearn] and [coach] Oliver [Harrison] and look forward, but I’m certainly not looking past this fight.”by