Rocky Fielding could have had an easier return to training than sparring with Martin Murray to help prepare him for a world title fight, but he admitted he wouldn’t want it any other way.
Rocky last stepped into the ring on April 3 when he recorded a hard-fought points victory over Frenchman Christopher Rebrasse in Liverpool and trainer Oliver Harrison has thrown him straight back into it by helping good friend and stablemate Murray prepare for his clash against George Groves at The O2 on June 25.
“Oliver always told me that he would need me to spar with Martin to help get him ready, and I am happy to do that,” explained Rocky at the end of his second week back in full training. “It’s a huge fight for Martin, and for British boxing, and he’s looking in great shape.”
Even though he took a few minutes out of his tough training schedule to show of his football skills with the Euros now underway, as you can see from the below video, Rocky is now targeting a return to the run in late August or early September and after keeping himself in good shape following the Rebrasse fight, it’s now time to really step things up a few gears in the ring, the gym and on the road.
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“The Rebrasse fight was a good tough contest, as we thought it would be,” explained Rocky. “Looking back at it, maybe I was trying too hard to knock him out rather than outbox him, but I was glad to get the win.
“It was a really tough 12 rounds. I felt OK after the fight, but about four days later, it just hit me. My whole body was tired and sore and it took about two weeks before I began to feel good again. But I’ve been able to have some good recovery time and now it’s time to start to get back into it again.”
That recovery time has been extra tough for the Fielding family with the passing of Rocky’s Grandfather.
“It was a hard time for the family and I was able to spend some time with him in the weeks after the Rebrasse fight and we gave him a good send of,” added Rocky. “That was a few weeks ago and we have been able to say our goodbyes.”
Now Rocky’s attention is his next fight and that potential date in late August or early September. “We’ll have to wait and see about the opponent but hopefully that will be around the time of my next fight,” added the Liverpool boxer.
“It’s certainly an exciting time in British boxing with lots of world champions and it was great for Liverpool that Tony Bellew lifted a world title. There are some huge shows coming up and I want to be part of that.”
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