Tommy Barber – London
British prospect Rocky Fielding, a former champion of Prizefighter: Super Middleweights II, continued his journey in the light heavyweight division to take on Ciaran Healy at the Bowler’s Exhibition Centre in Manchester on Saturday, May 18 and the Liverpudlian – backed by a 200-strong fanbase – left the ring a clear winner having retired his journeyman opponent at the end of play in the fourth round.
Official verdict: Fielding by way of fourth round TKO.
Keeping himself out of range, Fielding utilised his height and reach advantages over the 5’11 Ciaran Healy. Trained by Oliver Harrison, Fielding failed to claim the opening round but captured the second as Healy’s non-stop work ethic paid dividends but was eventually overshadowed by Fielding’s cleaner work. Ensuring his man did not get sucked into a stand-off, Harrison, prior to the third round, implored Rocky not to get involved with the veteran Northern Irishman.
Taking heed of his instructor’s advice, Fielding began to jab comfortably. Having found his timing, to compliment the previously existing range, Fielding stabbed Healy with solitary strikes. Healy’s stubborn gusto, though, proved arduous to quell but that come forward nature was almost his undoing with less than 30 seconds left on the round clock as the 37-year-old was forced to his knees having taken a short-range left hook flush to the body.
Fielding fortified his status as ring general in the fourth round when he managed to force Healy onto the backfoot, notably when he struck his opponent with double hook shots. Healy took a barrage of head-bound shots at numerous points in the round and was withdrawn from the bout at the end of the stanza.
It was a mismatch on paper and a mismatch in the ring, something Fielding perhaps alluded to when he mentioned post-fight that he wants to keep learning his trade by taking on opponents with greater experience: “I’ve been out the ring for seven months,” said Rocky to Box Nation. “He came at me straight away, I felt him out for two rounds but got my shots going. I want to keep progressing, get more experienced fighters, keep on learning and cracking on.”
With the stoppage win, Fielding moves to 10-0-0, 4ko while Healy drops to 13-21-1, 4ko.