Rocky Fielding showed he still has ambition aplenty as he won his third fight on the trot.
The former WBA ‘regular’ super-middleweight champion hadn’t boxed in his home city of Liverpool for more than two years prior to this outing at the M&S Bank Arena.
Fielding, who knocked out Abdallah Paziwapazi at the Eventim Olympia back in November 2019 and was most recently in action last November in Dubai, stopped Timo Laine, of Finland, in the third round of his fight on Probellum’s show on Merseyside.
Fielding, who landed rights at will and forced referee Steve Gray to jump in at 01:34 of the third as he unloaded with Laine covering up on the ropes, believes the break he had during the COVID-19 pandemic –– after his defeat at the hands of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at Madison Square Garden in New York three-and-a-half years ago –– will do him the world of good.
“I never actually retired,” said Fielding after the fight. “I believe the break I had has done me the world of good and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.”
Fielding has been mentioned as a potential future opponent for former IBF champion Caleb Plant and has his sights set on maximising the second part of his career in which he has already achieved an awful lot.
Elsewhere on the card, Jazza Dickens dropped Andoni Gago in the third of 10 scheduled rounds en-route to a solid return.
The featherweight was back for the first time since being pulled out in a challenge for the IBF title against Kid Galahad last August and looked to be boxing his way to victory, with Peter Taylor in his corner after linking up with Irishman in Dublin, against the former European champion. But a left uppercut forced John Latham, the third man in the ring, to call a halt to proceedings in the fifth, with the time at 02:52.
And bantamweight Will Cawley never really had to step out of first gear as he moved to 2-0 with a win over Lithuania’s Marius Vysniauskas. Ref Latham scored it 40-36 in favour of the Ben Davison-trained man who made his debut last November on the undercard of Kiko Martinez’s seismic shock victory over Kid Galahad at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield.