Battle of the Mersey: David Brophy is not worried about fighting Rocky Fielding in Liverpool
By Neel Khagram
Last Updated: 05/09/17 2:11pm
David Brophy says he is ''not too worried'' about fighting Rocky Fielding away from home in Liverpool.
The 27-year-old beat Zac Dunn in Australia earlier this year to capture the Commonwealth super-middleweight title, and believes this experience will aid his challenge for the British 168lbs belt on September 30, at the Echo Arena, live on Sky Sports.
"I'm not too worried," Brophy told hitandhardnews.com.
"I had to travel to Australia to win the Commonwealth title back in March so there's not much further than that I can travel to for a contest.
"Once the bell goes it's only the two of us in there and I won't be paying attention on the crowd or the noise as I'll be so focused on putting on a performance for myself and the traveling support I'll have."
Fielding lost his initial challenge for the British title when he was stopped by Callum Smith in 2015, but has regrouped with three-successive wins including a points victory against John Ryder for the vacant belt in April.
He also holds notable wins against Brian Vera and Christopher Rebrasse in a 25-fight career, but despite losing his own undefeated record to George Groves a year ago, Brophy feels he has identified weaknesses in his opponent's defences which can be exploited on the night.
"He's a strong powerful man but can sometimes leave his hands down so that's something we might be able to take advantage of," Brophy said.
"I've been sparring with the likes of Nathan Cleverly recently as he was in training to defend his world title with Badou Jack on the Mayweather vs McGregor undercard so we were helping each other out and I'm feeling sharp already.
"I'm feeling good, I like to think I'm always in shape but things have moved up a notch and [trainer] Billy [Nelson] has got me working really well in the gym and we are working hard to get our tactics spot on for the big night."
Watch Fielding vs Brophy on the Butler vs Hall undercard from the Echo Arena, Liverpool, on September 30, live on Sky Sports.