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  • Writer's pictureDexter Hastings

"Sugar" Kaned by Ben Fields

Birmingham inspirational boxer Ben Field beat the unbeaten “Sugar” Kane Gardener live on Spike TV on the under card of the Hughie Fury fight (25/5/19). Fields who had already fought Gardner just a few weeks earlier in a cracking 6 rounder took this four round fight in Manchester with only 4 hours notice. Kane (23) whos record was 9 without defeat was looking to make a statement after the first fight ended with Fields bullying him for the final two rounds. Kane had boxed really well for the first 4 winning 3 of them and drawing one on my card. This was reflected 58-56 verdict by the ref. In the rematch Fields (29) did not waste any time coming out fast and pressuring Gardener from the start of the first bell. Gardener was put down by a big right hook which caught him round the back of the head but the ref counted him, Ben poured on the pressure and won the first round convincingly. Fields continued to pressure in the second but Gardener had got his jab working, Fields edged the round by finishing the stronger with a cheeky elbow near the end of round in homage of his unlicensed back ground. Gardner really got his jab going in the third taking the round with good movement and keeping his distance from Fields who was always a threat. The final round was a back and forth one with Gardener working well behind his jab and wobbling Fields who managed to stay on his feet. Fields fought back hard and finished the round strong to get a share of the round in my opinion. The ref scored the fight 38 to 37 in Ben Fields favour, myself I had it 39 to 37 to Fields.

Ben took to social media after the fight and wrote this, “What a night, best win of career by far Live on 5 spike, you can watch on catchup on 'My5' app if you get chance (1hr 8mins). Want to say a big thanks for all the support, to my trainer Shaun Cogan you have done a great job with me in just over 2 years. Big respect to Jon Pegg for the opportunities he has been getting us, thanks to all those that are part of my journey and long may it continue. I’m truly grateful at the moment, but there is no time to rest on my laurels, my mind is set on 29th June, Villa Park Another undefeated fighter in my sights, this one is not to be missed”. Dexter’s Thoughts  

The poster says it all from Road man to Journeyman to a full on inspiration, Ben Fields is an icon to what the noble art can do for a person. Just a few years ago Ben was just a recovering drug addict with a violent criminal record, he was someone most people would right off as a lost cause. Fields dedicated himself to the noble art and has pushed his body to the limit from when he first walked into Fightden at 13 stone to now fighting out of pro sister gym Smoking Joe’s at a trim 10 stone. It has been my honour to witness this transformation and if I had not been told about his passed I would think that this polite, helpful and cheerful man had always been an upstanding citizen. This was a great win for Ben who has no fear about going on the road and taking on all comers and is getting the reputation for causing upsets. He has a massive fight coming up against another unbeaten fighter in the very popular and talented Sean Daly at the Holte suite, Villa park on the Tommy Owen’s Promotions show 29th June. This in my opinion is a true 50/50 fight and I can honestly not call it, Fields will be going into this fight on a high and I am just happy to say I will be there to see this great battle.

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