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Cleverly vs Krasniqi

Nathan CleverlyRobin Krasniqi 1


20th April 2013 , 19:00 BST


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.


Chisora vs Avila

chisora imageHector Alfredo Avila

Chisora versus Avila

20th April 2013 , 19:00 BST


10x3 Minute Round International Heavyweight Contest

Post-fight Analysis

Our final fight of the night, and second follow on from Nathan Cleverly, saw a win for Chisora. The fight, between heavyweights Dereck Chisora and Hector Alfredo Avila, with weights of 252lbs and 218lbs respectively, ended early in the 9th.

Chisora Avila

Chisora, in his typically alternative fashion, entered the ring to Coldplay, but not before letting a bored Avila stand alone in the arena for a minute. Donning his usual cloak, we were treated to the addition of a Bane mask, made famous by the recent Batman film.

The early rounds went to Chisora who landed the cleaner shots - even if they lacked power - and a flurry of upper cuts ended the second well for him. The Londoner lacked rhythm and power however, and Avila never looked troubled - just tired. His corner spurred him on with words of 'snap it out' which seemed to improve Del Boy's energy in the 6th and 7th rounds, but there wasn't any hint of a winning shot as we entered the tail end of the contest.

In the end this relatively slow fight lacked energy, and the anticiapted return of Chisora turned out to be a rather lacklustre display. The referee looked for an excuse to end the fight, and as soon as Chisora gained a little momentum in the 9th round, the fight was stopped. Avila looked unhappy, but should hardly have expected the fight to have gone his way in the event it had gone the distance.

Pre-fight Analysis

The return of Del Boy Dereck Chisora

2012 was an eventful year for Dereck Chisora. In February he failed in his unlikely bid to beat Vitali Klitschko and win the WBC World Heavyweight title in a weekend that became known as Mayhem in Munich after he brawled with David Haye at a post-fight press conference.

Haye Chisora BrawlUnsavoury scenes between Chisora (L) and Haye last February paved the way for their July fight


Then, in July, Chisora and Haye moved their hostility into the ring and settled their dispute in a show billed as Licensed to Thrill. Haye prevailed with a fifth round TKO, but the two Brits left the Upton Park ring with mutual respect.

Haye V ChisoraHaye (R) celebrates his win over Chisora in July LIVE on BoxNation


Now Dereck Chisora returns to the ring to do what he loves best. The Zimbabwe-born, London-based heavyweight will reintroduce himself to the fight game with a 10-round contest against the tough Hector Alfredo Avila, who was 20 wins to his name.


Walsh vs Harrison

carousel-liam-walshScott Harrison

Walsh versus Harrison

20th April 2013 , 19:00 BST


The WBO European Lightweight Championship

Post-Fight Analysis

Walsh vs Harrison was a cracking affair, with a deserved points win for the former.

Walsh Harrison

The Scotsman tested Walsh early on with a few solid punches, and a clash of heads opened up a small cut above Walsh's eye. In the second round sparks flew; Walsh with a huge uppercut that threatened to floor Harrison, and toe to toe action from the 35 year old. It heated up further in rounds 4 and 5 with left-right jabs from a strong Harrison, immediately countered with Walsh uppercuts, and heavy body shots.

The Cromer fighter boxed very well throughout the fight, and despite the boxing diehard of Harrison, the 8th round looked to set the pace for the remainder of the fight, in favour of Walsh. Not to say this was an easy fight for Liam, for the first half of the fight it looked like he was going to have some trouble dispatching his senior. The final bell, having gone the distance, was in favour of Liam Walsh with a unanimous decision of points 98-92, 97-93 and 97-93.

The Scot may not have been able to wind back the years in this fight, but his bravery is certainly to be commended despite the loss. Even the crowd, after a frosty initial reaction, showed respect at the end.



Pre-Fight Analysis

Liam Walsh set for massive test against former World Champion Scott Harrison

Liam Walsh is set for the biggest test of his career so far against former two-time World Champion Scott Harrison. Walsh had been due to challenge WBO Lightweight supremo Ricky Burns on December 15th, but a serious car crash forced him to withdraw from that bout.

Walsh, the current Commonwealth Super-Featherweight champion, plans to stay at lightweight for the time being, and a highly testing fight against the experienced Scotsman Scott Harrison awaits him.

WalshWalsh celebrates winning the WBO European Lightweight title against Domenico Urbano on the Haye-Chisora bill last July

For the troubled Harrison, 35, a first title bout in seven-and-a-half years is a stepping stone towards getting both his fight career and his life back on track. The Glasgow resident became a Scottish boxing hero in the early 2000's as he surged to a WBO Featherweight title.

Fighting under the name "The Real McCoy," Harrison enjoyed a three-year spell as Champion, interrupted for four months by a defeat against Manuel Medina which he swiftly avenged with a TKO in 2003 (below).

Harrison Beats Medina

Harrison's final defence of the WBO World Featherweight crown came in November 2005 against Nedal Hussein, but depression and alcohol issues plagued the troubled boxer. In May 2006, he withdrew from a planned title defence just days before the fight and checked into the Priory rehabilitation centre.

In December of that year Harrison was stripped of the title and his boxing license after failing to make the weight for a planned defence against Nicky Cook.

He didn't fight again until a win over the inexperienced Gyorgy Miszei Jr. last June, following a seven-year absence littered with legal issues

A win against Joe Elfidh followed, and now Harrison is set for his biggest test since his return to the ring against the 26-year-old unbeaten Liam Walsh.


Kareem vs Butler


Kareem versus Butler

20th April 2013 , 19:00 BST


The Commonwealth Super-Flyweight Championship

Post-Fight Analysis

A deserved win for the Ellesmere Port boxer, with a 5th round TKO to win the Commonwealth Super-Flyweight belt. 

Paul Butler had this fight rescheduled from what was meant to be a York Hall show earlier in the month. The bigger venue seems fitting for the super-flyweight whose last fight saw him knock out his opponent, and for someone so well liked by the Wembley crowd.

Unsurprisingly-for-some Butler dominated the fight, and looked to knock out Kareem in the second round with the Nigerian only just keeping his feet despite 20 seconds of battering. This continued, Kareem particualrly bothered by Butler's body shots, never gaining any of his own momentum.

It was all too much in the 5th, and a spell in the corner absorbing punches was too much for Kareem, and after 24 seconds of the round the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.



Pre-Fight Analysis

British champion Butler gets Commonwealth title challenge against Kareem

Ellesmere Port's Paul Butler takes on Commonwealth Super-Flyweight champion Yaqub Kareem.

Butler's devastating first round knockout over John Donnelly to secure the Lonsdale belt was brought to you live and exclusive by BoxNation, and now we're showing this British hot prospect once again as he looks to move to 10 - 0.

Butler Knocks Down DonnellyButler (R) knocks down Donnelly en route to a first round KO

Butler's nine career wins include four knockouts, and none of those stoppages was more impactful than his first round body-shot KO of Donnelly after just 69 seconds.

Butler Celebrates Win Over Donnelly

Now the 24-year-old is looking to cement his place in the division and add the Commonwealth belt to his collection against an unknown entity in Yaqub Kareem.

Kareem, a Nigerian fighter with a 10 - 2 - 1 record (7 KO), has never fought outside of Africa, with 11 of his fights held in Ghanaian capital city Accra.

In August 2011, the Nigerian won the Commonwealth title in Lebanon House, Accra, with a seventh round TKO of Cobinna Johnson, and he's now looking to make a first defence of the belt.


Buglioni vs McKenna

buglioniDarren McKenna

Buglioni versus McKenna

20th April 2013 , 19:00 BST


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.




Build up

LIVE this Saturday on BoxNation - Rule Britannia!
Dereck Chisora's manager talks about his April 20th fight
Cleverly, Chisora, and Walsh - The Rule Britannia press conference


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