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24 JUNE 2018


Rocky Returns To Olympia

Rocky Fielding is looking to put on a showpiece performance when he steps into the ring at the Liverpool Olympia this Saturday against Portsmouth’s Paul Morby.

Fielding’s birth name is Michael and the obvious link with him being called Rocky, like the iconic Sylvester Stallone character in the hit film, isn’t actually the case.

"It’s nothing to do with the films actually," Rocky told "When I was born I was 10lbs, so I was like a little rock,

"My dad called me The Rock and as the years have gone on I’ve played football before I started boxing and all my mates would call me Rocky ever since. It’s a good name to have as a boxer, but my style is a bit different to ’The Rocky’."

Fielding has fond memories of the Olympia, it was the venue where he beat three men in the one night Prizefighter tournament to win the trophy.

It was also the venue of his second professional fight, where he beat Lee Duncan in November last year and the Liverpool boxer has promised another victory there.

"The Olympia is a bit of a good luck omen for me," Fielding said. "As well as winning Prizefighter I had my second pro fight there as well,

"I’m proud to fight at that venue, it’s only five minutes from where I live, so I always get great great support and the whole city gets behind me,

"Hopefully there will be a bit of deja vu to what happened at the Prizefighter, but instead of three knockouts there will only be one."

’Rocky from Stocky’ has only had a few weeks’ notice for Morby, but feels his participation with Prizefighter has helped him prepare for this fight at short notice.

"Taking part in Prizefighter has been a good help with this fight," the 24-year-old continued. "You have three fights in one night and you are fighting different opponents with different styles,

"I’m ready to fight anyone, a southpaw or orthodox but I’m ready to fight,

"I originally hadn’t been training for a southpaw, however in the last two weeks, we have brought in a number of southpaw boxers, after it was announced I will be fighting Paul. Everything has been spot on with sparring."

Fielding is well aware of what his opponent on Saturday is capable of and has watched Morby in action.

"I watched him box (Beijing Olympian) Tony Jeffries about two weeks ago," he said. "I’ve got it recorded on Sky, so after training I sit down for a couple of hours and just go over things from that fight.

"He’s a good southpaw, he knows the game, against Jeffries, Paul made him look ordinary, but I’m not going to let him make me look ordinary.

"I’m going to put a show on in my hometown and show him the difference, but he is a tough lad, and his last three fights have been 10 rounds so he knows what he’s doing but he hasn’t been in there with anyone like me yet."

Fielding features on the undercard of Stephen Smith’s British and Commonwealth Featherweight title defence against Lee Selby, live on Sky Sports 1HD

September 13, 2011

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