Commonwealth title fight for Rocky Fielding

Rocky Fielding will now fight for the vacant Commonwealth title following the postponement of his derby with Tony Dodson.

The city pair were due to meet on September 21 in an all Liverpool clash for Fielding’s English title but Dodson has withdrawn from the Olympia fight because of niggling injuries picked up in training.

Dodson came through a gruelling 17-week camp in preparation for June’s British title fight with Paul Smith and says he needs time to recuperate before facing 24-year-old Rocky.

Although he began preliminary gym sessions ahead of next month’s fight, Dodson felt his body needed further time to rest.

And the hope remains Dodson and Fielding will meet later in the year.

Promoters Matchroom have been swift to secure Fielding’s slot on the show and are to deliver him the chance of winning another title.

With George Groves preparing the meet world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch this winter, the Londoner has agreed to vacate his Commonwealth belt.

The Commonwealth Boxing Council have agreed that Fielding can fight for the belt and a list of potential opponents has been drawn up.

Dodson, meanwhile, has explained why he needed to postpone the fight.

“I didn’t want to cut myself short and fight Rocky when I was not 100%,” he said.

“That is a compliment to Rocky because I know how good of a fighter he is.

“I know I will have to be at my best to beat him.

“I have already been in three fights with lads from this city and they have been great fights.

“I don’t want to jeopardise my reputation by not turning up 100%.

“I’ve told Matchroom that I want this fight later in the year and hopefully it will come on the Froch-Groves undercard.”

The September show is headlined by Derry Mathews’ Commonwealth lightweight title defence against Curtis Woodhouse.

Also on the undercard, Liam Smith bids to make British boxing history when he fights for vacant British light-middleweight.

Victory will see Liam join brothers Paul and Stephen as British champions.