Despite Commonwealth Boxing Council secretary Simon Block confirming the recent result of a purse bid for a mandatory super-middleweight defence by Rocky Fielding, the champion has confirmed the fight won’t happen.
Fielding was ordered to put his title on the line against Indian superstar Vijender Singh, with Frank Warren acquiring the rights to the contest.
Warren hastily released a date of March 31 at Copper Boxing for Singh to challenge for the Commonwealth crown, although Fielding is not on board.
— Rocky Fielding (@Rocky87Fielding) November 21, 2017
As things currently stand, Fielding is in limbo after his WBC Silver title against Erik Skoglund on the Tony Bellew v David Haye 2 undercard was cancelled but could still decide to drop the strap and move on from facing Singh as a world championship moves closer to becoming a reality.
Singh would then contest the vacant belt against the next challenger accepted by the CBC as Fielding still hopes to rearrange his bout with Skoglund.
MANDATORY DEFENCES – PURSE BIDS/NEGOTIATIONS
Following the opening of purse bids by CBC Chairman, Philip Brook Smith QC, I confirm the latest position with regard to mandatory defences of the Commonwealth Championships ordered by the CBC :-
SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT – ROCKY FIELDING (Champion, England) v VIJENDER SINGH (India)
Bidding was won by QUEENSBERRY PROMOTIONS the contest to take place at THE COPPER BOX ARENA, HACKNEY WICK, LONDON on 31ST MARCH 2018