BOUNC­ING BACK

Boxing News - - Fielding Vs Canelo -

IT looked grim for Field­ing fol­low­ing a firstround re­v­erse to fel­low Liver­pudlian Cal­lum Smith in 2015, yet he re­grouped with wins over Christo­pher Re­brasse (sd 12), Ist­van Zeller (rsf 2), John Ry­der (sd 12), David Bro­phy (rsf 1) and Karel Hore­jsek (pts 8), be­fore se­cur­ing a shot at Zeuge.

Although soundly de­feated in a sin­gle stanza, he is grate­ful that he man­aged to come back from what was a dev­as­tat­ing de­feat.

Go­ing into it, he knew that his grand­fa­ther was suf­fer­ing from can­cer yet did not know that his mum, Carol, had been di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease – she kept it from him un­til the fight was over.

“It hasn’t been too bad for me out­side of the de­feat to Cal­lum, when my mum and grandad both had can­cer at the same time around the time of the fight,” he said. “Find­ing out about my mum did me in more than los­ing the fight. You are hurt by the de­feat, yet you still have to deal with it. That is just how things hap­pen.”

Af­ter the loss, Field­ing took a trip to an iconic Amer­i­can city and vis­ited an equally iconic venue. “Af­ter I fought Cal­lum, we went to New York for a trip,” he said. “We did a tour of the Gar­den. I’d had those late nights as a kid watch­ing fights live from the Gar­den. I had a photo taken out­side of it and put the hash­tag: “One day”. Four years later I’m get­ting the call to go over to fight there – a photo be­came the re­al­ity.

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