Cleverly vs Krasniqi

Nathan Cleverly Robin Krasniqi

Cleverly Krasniqi

Wembley Arena, London

20 April 2013, 19:00:00



The WBO World Light-Heavyweight Championship

Post-fight analysis

Cleverly puts in masterful display to defend his WBO title over Krasniqi

WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly staged a fifth defence of his title with a classy and skilled unanimous decision over mandatory opponent Robin Krasniqi.

Cleverly celebrates

The 26-year-old Welshman entertained the Wembley Arena crowd with one of his most accomplished performances to date, securing a near whitewash with the judges' scorecards reading 119-109, 120-108, 120-108.

Cleverly, the taller boxer, and favourite for this fight, went comfortably ahead after the first few rounds, that saw Krasniqi wobble a little from a right hook to the temple.

While Krasniqi rallied in the middle rounds, there were otherwise few moments of alarm for the Caerphilly fighter, who looked to have Krasniqi in trouble on a few occasions but admitted he was slightly disappointed that he was unable to finish the fight within the distance. Nonetheless an emphatic finish to the fight, with a flurry of left hooks and right upper cuts, ensured there weren't any last minute suprises from the mandatory challenger.

Cleverly now seems set to face a second mandatory opponent in the WBO's 2nd ranked light-heavyweight, their current International champion Juergen Braehmer. Should he secure a sixth defence of the WBO crown, he'll look to unify the division in autumn, with a potential fight against IBF titlist Bernard Hopkins the likeliest outcome.


Early Undercard Results

Matthew Fagan beat Kristian Laight on points

Gary Corcoran beat Mark McKray on points

John Murray beat Dai Davies on points

John Thain beat Ryan Thoms on points

Enzo Maccarinelli beat Carl Wild by TKO 6th round

Joey Taylor beat Sid Razak on points (60-54); with a relatively comfortable display, and a knock down at the end of the 4th.

Mitchell Smith beat Gavin Reid by TKO 1st round, after 2 minutes 49 seconds with a brilliant right hand that took Reid by surprise. The fight continued only long enough for 'Babyface' Smith to launch another attack, extending his unbeaten run to 6 fights.

Steve O'Meara beat Chas Symonds on points (58-56), after a scrappy bust up involving play acting, point deductions and illegal punches.



Pre-fight analysis

Cleverly faces mandatory Krasniqi in WBO defence

Nathan Cleverly stages another WBO World Light-Heavyweight title defence after his win in the United States over Shawn Hawk. The 26-year-old Welshman faces his WBO mandatory opponent Robin Krasniqi, who he'd originally been due to fight last year at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Caerphilly-born light-heavyweight had agreed a deal to fight legendary brawler Bernard "B-Hop" Hopkins, until the WBO ordered him to take on his Serbian mandatory opponent or lose the World title.

Nathan Cleverly Press ConCleverly was relaxed and confident at a January press conference


Cleverly had previously been due to fight the 25-year-old Serbian at the Royal Albert Hall last year, but withdrew from the fight due to an illness that affected his preparation for the contest.

He went on to fight a profile-raising bout on a Golden Boy Promotions card in the United States against Shawn Hawk. Cleverly took a confident eighth round TKO and announced himself to an American audience, but now he returns home to put away his mandatory before looking to the Clouds, Shumenovs and Hopkins' of the division.


Buglioni vs McKenna

Frank  Buglioni Darren McKenna

Buglioni McKenna

20 April 2013, 19:00:00

8x3 Minute Rounds at Super-Middleweight

Post Fight Analysis

Frank Buglioni put in a convincing, and composed, performance to beat Darren McKenna by a 3rd round TKO, after 1 minute 36 seconds. The delivery of a left hook-right jab combination was enough to sent McKenna to the canvas. This extends the up and coming boxers run to 8 wins out of 8, with 6 knock outs.


Pre Fight Analysis

Rising star Buglioni stepping up to an eight-round fight

One of British boxing's most popular and charismatic young fighters Frank Buglioni will try to move to 8 - 0 when he takes on 2 - 7 - 1 Surrey fighter Darren McKenna.

Buglioni, 24, has enjoyed an unblemished start to his career, winning five of his seven fights by stoppage against some very durable opponents.

Frank Buglioni
Buglioni (R) hammered Ciaran Healy into second round retirement in December

The Enfield super-middleweight had a busy 2012, winning LIVE on BoxNation on five separate occasions and turning heads on the way. In a recent interview in our boxing news section, expert presenter Jim Rosenthal tipped Buglioni as his one to watch for 2013, and, with a loyal and vocal fan base already growing, Buglioni is a very bright young prospect indeed.


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