A British Boxing Board of Control circular named Rocky Fielding as defending his Commonwealth title against Vijender Singh for the third month in a row this week and once again was denied by the champion.
Despite Commonwealth Boxing Council secretary Simon Block confirming the result of a purse bid for a mandatory super-middleweight defence, Fielding has confirmed the fight won’t happen.
Fielding was ordered to put his title on the line against Indian superstar Singh, with Frank Warren acquiring the rights to the contest.
Warren hastily released a date of March 31 at Copper Box last November for Singh to challenge for the Commonwealth crown, although Fielding is not on board despite the contest continually featuring on the BBBofC release.
As things currently stand, Fielding is in limbo after his WBC Silver title bout against Erik Skoglund on the Tony Bellew v David Haye 2 undercard was cancelled, with the Swede then suffering a serious injury in training.
Singh could now be put forward the vacant belt against the next challenger in line with the CBC as Fielding moves on to European level.
“False. Have tweeted a good few times on this… European I want next,” said Fielding in direct response to WBN’s post on the matter.
The current EBU champion is Hadillah Mohummadi, whilst the mandatory contender is Stas Kashtanov.
A deadline for purse offers for the fight is set to take place on Monday 5th of February 2018 at 12 noon, when Fielding will learn more about how long he must wait for his chance at the title.
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 FRANK WARREN with the contest to take place at THE COPPER BOX ARENA, HACKNEY WICK, LONDON on 31ST MARCH, 2018