Smith Jnr v Fielding: British Board to discuss weight issues over title bout

Phil Jay 20/03/2014

The imminent purse bids for the mandatory British super-middleweight title clash between champion Paul Smith Jnr and Rocky Fielding have been delayed following recent developments concerning the stipulated challenger.

Smith, 31, has been in line to defend the title against his city rival since being turned down in his bid to put the Lonsdale Belt on the line against Tobias Webb earlier this month and has since been ruled out with injury.

On the other hand, 26 year-old Fielding was pencilled in to face Charles Adamu for his own Commonwealth title, but came in almost half a stone over the 168lb limit and was then stripped of his belt. The now former champion eventually came out on top over twelve one-sided rounds and Smith, who witnessed the fight ringside working for Sky Sports, voiced his apprehension at training for a fight with Fielding when he can’t make weight.

That scaling controversy has now also caused concerns with the British Boxing Board of Control over whether Fielding can still successfully get down to the super-middleweight limit as ‘Rocky from Stocky’ contemplates making dietary changes to his regime.

The BBBofC have moved to scrap the April 9 deadline set or the two fighters to agree the contest and will hold a meeting to discuss what is the best way to move forward in the near future.

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