News | Jun 20 2018

Paul Smith says Tyron Zeuge test will “make or break” Rocky Fielding

Paul Smith believes Rocky Fielding has the punch power to get Tyron Zeuge's respect but wonders whether he has the right mentality to take the German's title, writes Elliot Worsell
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Rocky Fielding vs David Brophy - British & Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Titles  |  Action Images

THOUGH now officially retired, Liverpool’s Paul Smith knows a thing or two about fighting in Germany, knows a thing or two about Tyron Zeuge, Germany’s current WBA regular super-middleweight champion, and is just as familiar with Rocky Fielding, Zeuge’s next challenger, as well.

The former British 12-stone titleholder ventured to Wetzlar, Germany last June to challenge Zeuge, 22-0-1 (12), and came up short on the scorecards following 12 rounds. It was a fight that would prove to be the 34-year-old’s last as a professional.

On July 14, meanwhile, Fielding, 26-1 (14), heads to Offenburg to try and do what Smith couldn’t and does so buoyed by a run of five straight wins since a first-round loss to Paul’s brother, Callum, back in 2015.