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Beating Vera moves me closer to DeGale; Fielding has eye on newly crowned IBF champ and Smith.

Byline: Seconds Out with MICHEAL McKENNA @michealmckenna1 micheal.mckenna@liverpool.com

UNBEATEN Liverpool supermiddleweight Rocky Fielding is hoping victory over Brian Vera later this month will open doors to a major title fight.

Newly-crowned IBF champion James DeGale and fellow Liverpudlian Callum Smith are both on the 27-year-old's radar, but he first must navigate the experienced American.

Vera, in his last three fights, has fought Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr (twice) and Willie Monroe; he has also beaten Sergio Mora on two occasions and once defeated current WBO world middleweight champion Andy Lee.

However, Fielding knows these are the kind of fights that will propel him up the rankings and into the boxing spotlight.

"Brian Vera is a good fighter," he said.

"It's a good fight for me and I need it to step up; I need to get up the world rankings and push on for that world title. He's a good name to get in with for sure."

He added: "It's a great division at the moment, a lot of British boxers are fighting for world titles, or on the verge of it, so I'm happy to be in the mix in this weight division.

"I'm ranked high with the IBF and another couple wins and I could hopefully fight for that title come the end of the year - that's the aim.

"I have got to put in a good performance over Brian Vera for he's not coming to lie down, he's coming to win, so I'm happy with this fight. It's up to me now to get the win and see what happens."

Speaking on a fight with Callum Smith, Fielding said it's a fight he can envisage down the line, but fans may have to wait for that one.

Said Fielding: "It's a big fight down the line, I can see it happening but at the moment he's in a position to fight for a world title after his fight (with Rebrasse) and that's a position I want to be in.

"I've had 20 fights, been a pro five years, and I want to fight at the top.

"He's doing his thing, me likewise, but our paths might cross down the line."

Meanwhile James DeGale hasn't ruled out a showdown with the 27-year-old.

"Rocky Fielding is a good fighter but he's a bit behind me and he needs a couple more fights at the moment," said the IBF champion. But you never know though, I could fight him for my first defence."

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Date:Jun 6, 2015
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