Rocky Fielding to fight for Commonwealth super middleweight title
Last Updated: 29/08/13 5:52pm
Rocky Fielding: Was due to defend his English title against Tony Dodson
Rocky Fielding has been handed a shot at the vacant Commonwealth super middleweight title at the sold-out Liverpool Olympia on September 21, live on Sky Sports.
Undefeated Fielding was due to defend his English title against fellow Scouser Tony Dodson but the former British champion pulled out due to niggling injuries.
The 26-year-old will now tackle Mohammed Akrong for the title vacated by George Groves ahead of his World title clash with Carl Froch.
Ghanaian Akrong has 19 wins from 24 contests with 15 inside the distance and faced former World title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio in 2011.
"I'm delighted to be fighting for the Commonwealth title," said Fielding, who won the Prizefighter tournament in 2011 and is now unbeaten in 15 straight fights.
"I want to move through the titles and test myself against every possible fighter, so facing Akrong for the Commonwealth is a great chance.
"The fight with Dodson would've been a cracker, but that may still come round another day. I'll be fully focused on beating Akrong in style and with the Commonwealth title around my waist, there's some big fights out there later in the year."
Fielding's clash with Akrong is the second Commonwealth title fight on the card, with a lightweight cracker between champion Derry Mathews and Curtis Woodhouse.
Liam Smith and Erick Ochieng clash for the vacant British light middleweight title, Callum Smith will use the show to press his claims for a first title shot after notching four first round wins in a row, while Robbie Davies Jr. returns to the scene of his debut triumph in June.