• Dexter Hastings

Fields v Silcox Announced for Midlands title





The long-awaited contest between ‘The 0-Taker’ Ben Fields and the unbeaten Tom ‘The Silk’ Silcox has been announced for Saturday 2nd Apiril at the H-Suite Edgbaston on a Tommy Owens Promotions show. The fight will be for the vacant Welterweight Midlands area title over 10 three-minute rounds which was last held by Kaisee Benjamin. This highly anticipated fight has been scheduled and rescheduled since November last year and at one stage was meant to be for the super Lightweight Midlands area title.




Fields is no stranger to the Midlands title after winning the Super Lightweight title on the road in a points victory against Alex Fearon in September of 2019. In his next fight at the end of 2020, he took on Kaisee Benjamin for the Welterweight Midlands title at short notice losing on points live on channel 5. Fields has also fought live on Sky sports in the Boxxer Tournament and also fought in an English eliminator against Lee Appleyard. Fields started his career as a journeyman fighting out of the away corner, but no one told him he was supposed to lose. On the road he beat a lot of unbeaten fighters with the Birmingham Boxing Column nicknaming him the ‘0-Taker’ as he beat 7 unbeaten fighters on his travels. Fields (32) from Birmingham has won 10 and drew 2 in 23 contests with his record not really showing how good and relentless he is. His story is well documented and is an inspirational one and I’m sure he will be looking to add Silcox’s ‘0’ to his collection.



Tom Silcox (30) from Tamworth has a perfect record of 9 wins without defeat. He started his pro career in February of 2017 beating Andrej Cepur on points on a Tommy Owens Promotions show at the Holte Suite Villa Park. Six of his fights have been over 4 three-minute rounds with his last three contest being over six three-minute rounds. During Lockdown Silcox was not active with a 2-year gap between his 8th fight and 9th fight but on his returned impressed with a great display against MJ Hall in November of 2021. Silcox has had all 9 of his fights at the Holte Suite Villa Park and has been mentioned several times as a Boxer to watch by the Birmingham Boxing Column. Silcox’s display in his last fight was a statement that the 2 years off had not stopped his hunger for the sport as he smashed a very brave MJ Hall around the ring going head and body well over six rounds. Silcox will be more than aware of Fields reputation and will be looking to win the welterweight title and keep his unbeaten record intact.



Dexter’s Thought’s

I have been looking forward to this fight since I first heard about it in November of last year. From what I can understand this contest was meant to be for the super Lightweight Midlands title but has now been changed to the welterweight one which could be a big factor in who wins. Fields is a super lightweight and won the Midlands title at that weight and will now have to move up a weight division to challenge for the Welterweight title again. Silcox is a big welterweight who has a physic that looks chiselled out of stone so if the fight had of been at super lightweight it would have favoured Fields. Fields has lost his last 3 fights but 2 have been against top flight welterweights like Kaisee Benjamin and Sam Maxwell and I’m sure he will have the desire to get this win. Silcox is unbeaten but does lack Fields experience as he has only fought at Villa Park from the home corner, but he has always impressed on the shows and I’m sure he also has the desire and the will to win this interesting contest.

In my opinion this is a 50/50 contest with Fields having the edge in experience but Silcox having the edge with weight. This has the potential to be a contender for fight of the year and I can’t wait until April 2nd to see this fight.