Rocky ready to roll
Fielding tops the bill as Prizefighter winner returns
By Adam Norman Twitter @SkySportsNorm. Last Updated: 05/10/12 6:03pm
Rocky Fielding (L) tops the Prizefighter bill against Carl Dilks (pic Lawrence Lustig)
It is more than 18 months since he won Prizefighter, but Rocky Fielding finally gets his name in lights on Saturday night.
In a big move for Fielding's career, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn made him the headline act on the latest Prizefighter bill - 'Rocky and the Prizefighters'.
With the vacant English super-middleweight title on the line, Fielding takes on journeyman Carl Dilks in a fight that is expected to re-launch the popular Liverpudlian's career.
Three routine wins followed the victory in Prizefighter but with the big fights failing to materialise, the 25-year-old teamed up with Matchroom.
And Hearn has delivered Fielding a great opportunity to shine on his return to the Olympia on a night when arguably the best Prizefighter line-up comes together.
"It's amazing, a good feeling especially in Liverpool at the venue where I won Prizefighter," he told Sky Sports. "It's exciting and I'm really looking forward to it.
"It's been very important for me. I had eight months out with no fighting, I was fit, ticking over in the gym and ready to fight.
"A few fights fell through, but I'm happy now with where I'm at with Eddie and Matchroom. What's he's said he's delivered for me and I'm very happy."
Fielding was just a rookie with a 3-0 record when he entered Prizefighter at late notice, but announced his arrival by becoming the first winner to earn stoppage wins in all three contests.
"Prizefighter was brilliant. I had five days notice and only a few fights before it as I'd only been a professional for 10 months," he said.
"But I got the call to go in and it was a chance I had to take to build the career, and get the exposure. I thought I was capable of doing a job and I did do it. It's helped my career and opened a few doors.
"I had 10lb to lose in five days but I did it alright.
"I'll just fight who Eddie comes up with for me, and take each fight at a time. There's no-one in particular I want to fight."