Rocky Fielding ‘deal close’ to challenge formidable 37-0 world champion in USA this summer

Ramirez v Fielding 03/03/2018

Lawrence Lustig

Rocky Fielding is in talks to challenge Gilberto Ramirez for the WBO super-middleweight title in the summer, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

Following Fielding’s eight round warm-up win in Sheffield on the Kell Brook v Sergey Rabchenko undercard on Saturday night, the Matchroom boss revealed the news.

“We’ve been in talks this week. It looks like it will take place in June, we are just working on the deal now, it’s quite close,” Hearn confirmed to Sky Sports.

“Fielding has worked his way up the rankings and earned his shot.

“It’s a very difficult fight and Ramirez could be the best of the bunch at 168lbs, but you have to take these opportunities, Rocky needs to jump into a big fight.”

On where the clash may take place, Hearn admitted he would struggle to land home advantage for Fielding against the undefeated Mexican.

“The match-up would likely take place stateside and as long as the deal is right, we will accept the fight. Hopefully, it will be concluded in the next week or two.” he said.

Ramirez is one of the most feared 168 pounders on the planet and regularly struggles to nail down opponents due to their reluctant to share the ring with such a powerful and skilful operator.

In his latest triumph, ‘Zurdo’ took out previously undefeated Habib Ahmed in six rounds to take his impressive record to 37-0 with 25 KO’s.

The 26 year-old, who won WBN’s ‘Future Star’ Award for 2012, defeated Arthur Abraham to become world champion and has since defended the strap three times.