BBBofC say Fielding v Singh done for March 31, Conor Benn named for English welterweight eliminator

Fielding v Singh 14/01/2018

Lawrence Lustig / Frank Warren

British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion Rocky Fielding is set to face Vijender Singh after all, according to the latest British Boxing Board of Control notice.

The circular originally stated Fielding had been pitted against yet another mandatory foe in Zach Parker, with the bout set for purse bids on February 14.

Upon further reading, the BBBofC add that a collision with Vijender Singh, the number one contender with the Commonwealth Boxing Council, has been agreed for March 31 in London. This is despite reports, and Fielding himself, previously outlining failed attempts to get the Singh clash off the ground.

Following the collapse of an encounter with Erik Skoglund on the Haye v Tony Bellew undercard, it now seems Fielding may have had a change of heart.

If confirmed by Eddie Hearn’s permission to allow Fielding to fight on a Frank Warren bill, undefeated Parker will have to wait his turn as Fielding takes on India’s favourite boxing son at Copper Box Arena.

In other circular news, Conor Benn is set for an English title eliminator at welterweight against Isaac McLeod should everything go smoothly with their purse bid on Valentine’s Day.

Benn recently came through a punishing six-rounder with Frenchman Ceydrick Peynaud and it was hoped the two would rematch again in the summer. 

As the 21 year-old takes a well-earned break, the McLeod eliminator firmly depends on Hearn’s plans for Benn in the immediate future.

At cruiserweight, Matthew Askin is set to defend his British title on March 17 in a clash against mandatory contender Stephen Simmons

Purse bids took place this week with the British Boxing Board of Control, as surprisingly David Haye pitched in with the winning bid.

WBN has been informed the amounts were contrasting as Frank Warren offered a five-figure bid but was completely floored by Hayemaker Ringstar who are said to have laid down up to FOUR TIMES as much.

This means Askin v Simmons will now take place on a Haye show at the famous York Hall in London on March 17.

At middleweight, Tommy Langford is set to battle Jack Arnfield on February 17, whilst the heavyweight situation involving Sam Sexton is currently unclear with no stipulated challenger.

Super-featherweight’s Sam Bowen and Maxi Hughes have been put forward for the belt previously owned by Martin J. Ward, whilst Ryan Walsh v Isaac Lowe is also validated for February 17.

At flyweight, Andrew Selby‘s Lonsdale defences remains a blank page due to a lack of contenders but the blow is softened by the news the Welshman has been named as one half of a fight for the vacant European title.

Selby versus Vincent Legrand will go to the highest bidder at the EBU offices on January 29.