Morby goes into lion’s den in quick ring return

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Paul Morby goes into the lion’s den tonight against Prizefighter champion Rocky Fielding.

Morby gets a quick return to the ring in Liverpool after his recent clash with Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries.

The Portsmouth fighter frustrated highly-touted Jeffries on that occasion, before succumbing to a comprehensive points defeat.

Now he keeps himself busy when meeting 7-0 man Fielding on his own turf on the Sky-televised bill.

Fielding kickstarted his career with a Prizefighter victory in March.

There are now high hopes for the 24-year-old, but Morby is confident of throwing a spanner in the works at the Olympia.

The 31-year-old’s trainer, Michael Ballingall, believes his man’s awkward style could prove just the ticket against an opponent desperate to impress in front of his own fans. Ballingall said: ‘Paul is more than capable of doing well in this fight.

‘Rocky Fielding is not in the league of Tony Jeffries, for me.

‘People have a go at the way Paul boxes, but he is experienced, a warrior and an awkward customer to deal with.

‘Rocky looked brilliant in Prizefighter and none of his fights went the distance. But I’ve seen him since in a fight where he ran out of ideas.

‘Paul will expose that and is more prepared than he was for his last contest. ‘He’s going into the lion’s den, is excited by the challenge and is ready to go to work.’

Meanwhile, one of Jack Bishop’s new talents makes his bow tomorrow at the home of British boxing.

Shaun Tribble moves into the professional scene as he takes on Ideh Ockuko at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Tribble will be making his bow against a 2-2 opponent from London.

The Gosport lightweight has been working closely with Bishop to perfect his skills in the paid ranks.

And his trainer and manager has been delighted with the progress Tribble has made since he has been working with him.

Bishop, from Fareham, said: ‘We have been working hard with Shaun to get him ready.

‘Now he has got his chance tomorrow to impress.

‘He boxed as an amateur but didn’t get lots of experience.

‘But there’s no doubt in my mind that he is one of the most improved boxers in the gym.

‘We’ve paid careful attention to him and ironed out one or two problems. He tended to panic a bit under pressure, but has stopped doing that now and come on a bomb.

‘He’s got an experienced opponent, but he will be ready.’

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