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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Boxing: Fields' title opportunity approaching

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  • A bigger, more powerful opponent stared Eric Fields down, but no height or weight advantage made a difference.
    All "Danger" did was power through to the next challenge.
    "The first couple of rounds, he just had to stay away," Fields' manager Jimmy Schaffer said. "(In the) third round he picked it up, hit him with some combinations and started a cut."
    Fields scored a referee technical decision against 6-foot-4, 240-pound Alexis Mejias after opening up a severe cut over Mejias' eye in their fight Saturday in Whitehall, N.Y. Mejias wasn't allowed to continue after the fifth round, and Fields was right back on track after a 10-month absence from the ring.
    Fields, who is training in Canada, has won his last 11 fights dating back to 2008. His biggest bout yet is in three weeks, when he's scheduled to face Illunga Makabu in Gauteng, South Africa, Aug. 31 for the WBC Silver cruiserweight championship belt.
    Add Fields' win to another stunning defeat this weekend. It also puts the Ardmore cruiserweight in prime position to take over the top spot among U.S. cruiserweights.
    Eddie Chambers, the No. 1-rated cruiserweight in the U.S., lost a unanimous decision to South Africa's Thabiso Mchunu in 10 rounds on Saturday.
    "There's a very good chance of that," Schaffer said of Fields rising to No. 1. Fields is currently ranked fourth in the U.S.
    "If Eric goes down and beats (Makabu), he'll be in the top 10 (in the world) and probably go to No. 1 in the United States. This is a big step in the WBC."
    Follow Horne on Twitter: @ekhorneARD
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