Having caused an abundance of upsets throughout his career and progressed through the professional ranks the hard way, it’s difficult to deny that anyone deserves a title opportunity more than Ben Fields.
This Sunday he takes on Alex Fearon for the super-lightweight Midlands Area title, in a bout that marks a significant opportunity for him to step up the domestic ladder.
With a pedigree in white-collar boxing, Fields admits he’s ‘been learning on the job’ and that when he turned over, challenging top prospects and fighting for titles was never on his radar. However, having grafted to carve the opportunity for himself, he emphasised that he is ready to grab it with both hands.
Reflecting on his progress ahead of this fight, he told BBTV: “Footwork is the main one for me, a lot of lads get it boxed off in the amateurs – they get their posture and everything right, but I come into it a little bit later on in life with not much experience.
“I only turned pro in 2018, so within a year or 16 months I was fighting in English title eliminators, that’s not a long space of time to learn as a fighter, but I think in this fight you’ll see that in the ten rounder with Lee Appleyard I learnt so much and with the lockdown and not many fights happening, I think you’ll see a lot more educated pressure, I won’t be a fighter that boxes off the backfoot – that’s not in my nature, but the pressure will be educated.”
Looking ahead to the clash, he added: “I truly believe I will be too strong for him. I have had 50/50 fights consistently throughout my career, he has had one 50/50 fight and came up short. I think going into this fight, I’m the favourite.”