What a journey – Rocky Fielding calls time on his boxing career

Former WBA ‘regular’ super-middleweight champion Rocky Fielding has announced his retirement from boxing.

The Liverpudlian captured a secondary version of a world title by stopping Tyron Zeuge in July 2018 but was dethroned by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez five months later in a one-sided bout at Madison Square Garden.

Fielding was knocked down four times and stopped in the third round by the Mexican but after a near year-long absence from the ring, he decided to continue his career in the next division up.

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He claimed three wins against relatively unknown opponents but, in his final professional outing, he missed weight and was then stopped in the eighth round by British light-heavyweight prospect Dan Azeez.

Fielding, who also held the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles, retires with a record of 30 wins, 18 inside the distance, and three defeats.

He wrote on Twitter: “What a journey. Thank you to Boxing for all the memories. Thank you to everyone for the support and everyone that’s been apart of it.”

The 35-year-old added in a statement on his social media channels: “Today am announcing my retirement from the sport. 26 years in boxing, from walking in the Stocky ABC gym age 9 just to keep fit for football to winning National titles.

“Dreamed of being a World Champion & fighting in Madison Sq Garden with Michael Buffer calling my name (and) that came true. Now for Life after Boxing.”