Fielding far too hot for Vera

The unbeaten super-middleweight floored the American twice to force the intervention of referee Ian John-Lewis and paved the way for a possible clash with Merseyside rival Callum Smith.

Vera, who holds a win over WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee, was expected to pose problems for the Liverpool prospect, but he could not cope with the 27-year-old’s superior punch power. ??

Marching forward from the first bell, Vera walked into a looping right – smiling back in acknowledgment – but he was left with a stunned expression when Fielding dumped him on the canvas with a jolting uppercut.

Again Vera tried to laugh off his disastrous start and the bell gave him added time to regroup.

Fielding refused to let his foe settle in the second, unleashing a furious assault, and Vera was stunned by barrage of punches before a big left hook dumped him on his back by the ropes.

He clambered upwards and into another ferocious flurry from Fielding, with a big left hand leaving the American on unsteady legs and John-Lewis wisely stepped in.