Former WBA super-middleweight title holder Michael ‘Rocky’ Fielding has been making his presence known among local boxers, training alongside Cayman’s young prospects and even sparring a few rounds.
The Liverpool boxer arrived in Cayman for his first visit last month and wasted little time after his two-week quarantine in making his way to the D. Dalmain Boxing Gymnasium. Fielding, who is staying in Grand Cayman for a few months, recently assisted with a boxing camp during midterm break that attracted more than 15 students.
“I’m just trying to put back a little bit of knowledge that I know and experience that I’ve got… into the young kids here and the older lads that are in the gym as well,” Fielding told the Cayman Compass.
Fielding has won 28 bouts, 16 of those by knockouts. The only two losses in his career were at the hands of two world champions, Callum Smith and superstar Canelo Álvarez.
Kai Armstrong, who took part in the camp, said he was happy to have a boxer who competes at the highest standard help him to sharpen his skills.
“It was a great experience,” said Armstrong. “We can learn from one of the best boxers and knowing he was a world champion, having experience with all the good players, is so cool.”
Armstrong went on to highlight some of his takeaways from his time with Fielding. “I learned that you have to be hungry, to keep finding motivation, and that there’s no need to be nervous in the ring. You just have to keep going and keep fighting it out,” he said.
Cayman’s national boxing head coach Floyd Trumpet said having Fielding in the gym was a huge boost to his athletes’ morale.
“It’s always great to have boxers who are experienced to show the way to the younger boxers,” said Trumpet. “Having Rocky here… will give them inspiration to know that they can spar with him and that he was a real world champion so that they can assess themselves and evaluate where they are,” said Trumpet.
Fielding told the Compass that while he is here, he hopes to continue to contribute to the local boxing scene.
“Just trying to help out and trying to make a Cayman world champion,” said Fielding. “There is a lot of talent. There is some good lads and some good guys in the older class that has potential and a few youngsters that has potential. They just need a little bit more work and a bit more time.”