Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15KOs) stopped Tyron Zeuge (22-1-1, 12KOs) in the fifth round to claim the super-middleweight WBA ‘regular’ title in the Baden-Arena, Germany.
The 30-year-old Merseysider was a huge underdog going into the fight against the undefeated German, who was a shadow of himself from start to finsh.
The former champion Zeuge uncharacteristically made a fast start from the opening bell without troublling Fielding. The six foot frame of the Englishman was just too big and awkward for Tyron to hit which lead to the German getting tagged on the counter in the early exchanges.
From the third to the fifth is was all pretty much one way traffic as Fielding started to believe the WBA title is really ‘coming home’.
A heavy right from Fielding in the fourth rocked Zeuge who was breathing heavily before coming out for the fifth.
It looked inevitable that the German was on the fringes of defeat as Fielding started to really sink in his shots. A beautifully timed left uppercut pushed Zeuge onto his heels and back on the ropes before a body shot sunk Zeuge onto his knees.
As Zeuge was struggling to beat the count his trainer Juergen Braehmer threw the towel which sent Fielding into wild and emotional celebrations.
The Liverpudlian was once touted as a future star before his devastating loss to Callum Smith but this victory proved he should be considered as a big player in the super-middleweight division.
An overjoyed Fielding said after the fight: “It feels amazing, it feels brilliant, the fact that I have come to the champion’s back yard and stopped him,”
“I just stuck to the gameplan. I knew he was a very good fighter and I had a lot on it. This was my chance and what would I have done if I hadn’t done it?
“This was my dream. I left on Tuesday and said to my little boy I’d be back in Monday with the belt.”