Dan Azeez vs Rocky Fielding Preview December 17th, 2022
Unbeaten Dan Azeez puts his British Light Heavyweight Title on the line and the vacant Commonwealth Belt is also up for grabs when he takes on former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Rocky Fielding this Saturday, December 17th. The 12-round all-English clash from Bournemouth can be seen live on Sky Sports Action as well as FITE TV with the undercard being shown on Sky’s Facebook and You Tube channels. Fielding last fought in April when he stopped Timo Laine in the third round. Azeez last saw action in September when he beat Shakan Pitters by 12-round unanimous decision to defend his British title.
Azeez vs Fielding Betting Odds
- Rocky Fielding +350
- Dan Azeez -500
The 35-year-old Fielding has an impressive record of 30-2 with 16 Ko’s and has boxed 139 rounds since turning pro in 2010. He won the WBA Super Middleweight Belt in July, 2019 by stopping Tyron Zeuge in the fifth round in Germany and then lost it in his first defence five months later when Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s stopped him in the third round. Fielding stands 6-feet-1-inch tall with a 75-inch reach and possesses decent power with a current knockout ratio of 56.3 per cent.
Fielding enjoyed a fine amateur career and since turning pro he’s also captured several other titles such as the English, Commonwealth, WBA Inter-Continental, WBC International and British Super Middleweight Championships. Until meeting Alvarez, Fielding hadn’t exactly taken on the cream of the crop in his division though with his biggest wins coming over the likes of Zeuge, Luke Blackledge, Charles Adamu, Brian Vera, Christopher Rebrasse, John Ryder and David Brophy.
His first loss came at the hands of Callum Smith via a first-round TKO in November, 2015, so his chin may be a little suspect. However, he did what he had to against Zeuge to take the title as he used his size and power to good advantage. Fielding hails from Liverpool, but now fights out of Dubai in the United Arab emirates.
Azeez is a 33-year-old Londoner who carries around a perfect mark of 17-0 with 11 Ko’s. He turned pro back in 2018 and has boxed 101 rounds since. As an amateur he was crowned the national amateur (ABA) South of England champion three times and won the 2013 Box Cup tournament in London. He stands 5-feet-10 inches tall with an unlisted reach, so gives up three inches in height to Fielding. As far as power is concerned, he currently possesses a 64.7 per cent knockout ratio.
Since turning pro Azeez has also won the vacant British Southern Area Light-Heavyweight Title. He won the English Belt in 2019 via a 10-round unanimous decision over Lawrence Osueke and defended it twice and then captured the vacant British Title last November with a seventh-round TKO over Hosea Burton and has defended it once against Shakan Pitters. Azeez is stepping up in class slightly on the weekend as his biggest wins have been over Osueke, Pitters, Burton, Reece Cartwright, Ricky Summers, Andre Sterling and Charles Adamu.
Fielding as was out of action for two years between November 2019 and November, 2021 but has won twice by stoppage since coming back. He doesn’t have a lot of power or the greatest chin but he’s bigger than Azeez and has faced stiffer opposition. If Azeez can get past the first few rounds his chances should increase. This fight could go either way I believe, but I’ll go with Azeez.
Azeez’s skills and power should be the difference.
Play: Azeez -500 @ BetOnline.ag
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