Rocky Fielding got back to winning ways with a hard-fought split decision victory over former European champion Christopher Rebrasse at the Echo Arena on Saturday night.
The Stockbridge Village boxer was in trouble early on having been floored in the second and it looked like the writing was on the wall early on. However, Fielding dug deep after the early wobbles to edge the contest on the narrowest of margins.
One judge scored the contest 115-113 in favour of Rebrasse while two gave it 114-113 in favour of Fielding.
Fielding began the fight strongly but was caught in the second and knocked down. He beat the count and recovered to begin to take control in the mid-section of the fight.
This contest was close going into the final two rounds but a concerted and visible onslaught from Fielding in the 11th seemed to take the wind out of Rebrasse’s sails and it was enough to lift the WBC international super-middleweight title.
“It was a fight I needed to dig deep and be right up for,” he said after the fight. “He’s a tough guy and we’ve seen that. I thought I was comfortable but he was tough. I’m over the moon to get the win.
“It was a nice right he caught me with and that split second where I switched off, I got caught. I’ll have to learn from that. I shook it off, dug deep and came back.
“I’ve been working so hard in the gym and having such tough sparring with Martin Murray. That’s what I had to put into the ring – a bit of grit. I haven’t had to dig deep and that fight, I did. I thought I could’ve boxed better but he’s a tough guy.”