By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Rocky Fielding cemented his status as a major player in the super middleweight division.
The 27-year-old is now unbeaten in 21 outings with 12 early after doing a demolition job, live on Sky Sports.
Fielding, who claimed the vacant WBC International with victory, had the better of American opponent Bryan Vera from the beginning –– and put on a show for the watching crowd at the ECHO Arena in Liverpool.
Vera, who had signed to fight Fielding late in April, was outclassed from the first bell, being knocked down in the opener.
But the former WBO-NABO champion, who has challenged for world titles against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andy Lee, survived until the end of the round.
However, the following round proved to be the end of the road for the man nicknamed ‘Warrior’ as, after two knockdowns and some indecisive referee from Ian John-Lewis, the fight was waived off and Vera was sent back to the States early.
“I was expecting a tough fight, I am not going to lie,” said Fielding. “I was expecting a hard 12 rounds in there.
“I knew I carried that bit of power so if I caught him clean I could do a bit of damage and that is what I did.
“In the changing rooms warming up we were trying to slip his jab with the left uppercut and it worked. I didn’t even know I threw it, I just threw it, caught him and he went down. I was buzzing with that.
“I work hard with Oliver Harrison and got some good sparring with Martin Murray. That was the fight I needed to pick me up.
“As the referee was saying, if he is knocked down don’t hit him but until he hits the floor then if he is still in front of you he is still hitting you until he hits the floor. I caught him with some good shots and I knew once I caught him with a couple of good shots I knew I could get him out of there.
“I want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting me.”by