Purse bids for a mouth-watering British super middleweight title grudge match between current champion Paul Smith and number one contender Rocky Fielding have been delayed until April 8th at the request of both parties.
The British Boxing Board of Control confirmed to WBN on Thursday that the original date would be pushed back a month to allow both fighters more time to consider their options following recent contrasting contests.
Former Contender star Smith was beaten for a second time by WBO title holder Arthur Abraham in Germany, whilst Fielding returned from an eight-month absence to record a routine win against journeyman Olegs Fedotovs at the Ice Arena in Hull.
Fielding, 27, will now be able to warm-up for a possible summer blockbuster in Liverpool with Smith as ‘Rocky from Stocky’ is lined up to fight on the Josh Warrington undercard in Leeds on April 11. The ex-Prizefighter winner is yet to learn his opponent for the date but will aim to improve his record to 21-0 with another victory next month.
Smith may also be mulling over the option of relinquishing the Lonsdale Belt as the ‘Real Gone Kid’ eyes another shot at the big time.