LIVERPOOL — Billed as the “Battle of Liverpool” between two undefeated native sons, Callum Smith dominated Rocky Fielding with three first round knockdowns to win the British super middleweight title.
Fielding was floored 30 seconds in off two overhand rights. He weathered a storm of power shots before mounting a short rally with uppercuts and left hooks that pushed Smith back to ring center. But a wide Fielding right was countered by a left hook for the second knockdown. A combination of hooks put Fielding down again moments later. He rose, but the referee ruled him in no condition to continue.
“I said in the buildup I was the better fighter and just needed a chance to prove it,” said Smith in his post-fight interview.”
Fielding suffered his first defeat and falls to 21-1 (12 KOs). Smith improves to 18-0 (13 KOs) and is the #1 contender for Badou Jack’s WBC title. Smith also becomes a viable challenger to IBF titlist James DeGale, who faces Lucian Bute on November 28, and WBC title-holder Arthur Abraham, who defends against Martin Murray on November 21.