In the latest Commonwealth Boxing Council bulletin, Rocky Fielding has been ordered to defend his newly-acquired super-middleweight title against Indian superstar Vijender Singh.
Fielding won the belt on Septebmer 30 with a crushing victory over David Brophy in Liverpool and has been put straight in at the deepend opposite the ex-amateur star.
Singh, 31, has raced to 9-0 as a pro, including a short stint with Frank Warren, on the back of a decorated career donning the Indian vest.
The strapping six-footer could now meet Fielding in a massive contest provided both sides are on board and agree terms in the coming months.
Below is the full release from the CBC:
COMMONWEALTH BOXING COUNCIL BULLETIN 11th October 2017
WORLD BOXING COUNCIL
Following the visit of the Hon Secretary to the World Boxing Council Convention in Baku, Azerbaijan, the affiliation of the CBC to the WBC was confirmed by WBC President SNR. MAURICIO SULAIMAN.
There has long been a close association between the CBC both currently, and in its previous forms and the WBC, and with CBC Directors and former Presidents DR PETER NGATANE of South Africa and FRANK HADLEY of Australia, as well as CHARLES GILES, JOHN REES and ROBERT SMITH of the BBB of C and PETER ABDOOL of the Guyana BB of C on the WBC Board of Governors, the CBC can look forward to making a real contribution, including support for our Champions whose records justify World Title opportunities.
NEW RULE 2.10(c)
During the course the CBC AGM in London on 27th and 28th September held as usual, at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House in London’s Pall Mall, the Directors approved a proposed addition to Rules extending the powers of Directors to declare a Title vacant.
New Rule 2.10 (c) allows a Title to be declared vacant, even when a deadline for a Championship defence has not passed, when in certain specified circumstances, the CBC Board is satisfied a Champion is not going to be able to meet his/her defence obligation eg when a Champion has failed a doping test prior to a formal hearing, which may not be held for many months following the test report or when the CBC is satisfied that a Champion is committed to a non-Commonwealth Title contest, which will prevent him/her meeting a defence obligation.
The purpose of the amendment is to prevent activity in a weight division from stagnating needlessly, when it is clear a current Champion is going to be unable to defend within the required time and will make it possible for applications for vacant Title contests to be considered.
Safeguards in the wording will prevent the application of this Rule without proper consideration and referral to the Champion or his/her authorized representative.
This Rule addition will be available for viewing on the CBC website at www.commbc.com, click on RULES, once the final form of wording has been approved by the CBC’s legal advisor.
BBBOFC AWARDS NIGHT
For the first time the annual BBB of C Awards Dinner on 29th September at the Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Gate, Bayswater co-incided with a CBC AGM and for the first time it was possible for a number of overseas CBC Directors to be present to witness the presentation of the DENNIE MANCINI TROPHY to a current or former Commonwealth Champion who, in the opinion of the CBC Board has contributed the most to the sport in the previous 12 months.
This year the Trophy went to former Commonwealth Middleweight Champion ROBERT MCCRACKEN (1995-1997) whose achievements as a Trainer/Second both with the GB Olympic Boxing Squad and top professional boxers including current World Heavyweight Champion (and former Commonwealth Champion) Anthony Joshua, outshine his considerable achievements as a professional boxer.
The Trophy was presented by CBC President, DR CALVIN INALSINGH along with GINA MANCINI, Dennie’s niece.
2. The attending Directors were particularly pleased they could be joined at the dinner table by colleague DAVE RODEN who has been unable to attend recent meetings, through illness.
Dave was in good form accompanied by wife PAT and daughter JUSTINE, and it is hoped it will not be too long before he is able to resume making his considerable contribution to CBC matters, directly around the Board table as opposed to the email contributions he has continued to make through his period of illness.
TITLE DECLARED VACANT
Following the failure of Super-flyweight Champion JAMIE CONLAN to defend before the permitted deadline and with a World Title opportunity next on his agenda, the CBC has declared the Title vacant in this weight division.
The CBC Directors wish Jamie every success and hope he joins the ranks of former Commonwealth Champions throughout history who have gone on to achieve World Championship success.
HEAVYWEIGHT – LENROY THOMAS (Champion, Jamaica)/DAVID ALLEN (England) who box on 28th October, to defend against DILLON CARMAN (Canada)
SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT – ROCKY FIELDING (Champion, England) to defend against VIJENDER SINGH (India)
SUPER-BANTAMWEIGHT – ASHLEY LANE (Champion, England) to defend against EMMANUEL QUARTEY (Ghana)
FLYWEIGHT – JAY HARRIS (Champion, Wales) to defend against DEXTER MARQUES (Guyana)
A formal notice detailing a period for voluntary negotiations between the parties and failing that, a date, time and venue for submission of purse bids, will be circulated within the next couple of weeks.
Champion DUKE MICAH of Ghana has been granted an extension to his defence deadline, following a contracted defence falling through, as a result of a UK Entry Visa problem.
He has until 31st December 2017 to contract a defence, failing which the Bantamweight Title will be declared vacant.