25th February 2012|#cleverlykarpency
Nathan Cleverly scores a routine win in his first fight on home soil for four years. The Welshman retains his WBO World Light Heavyweight Championship after he secures a heavy points win over his lacklustre opponent.
All three judges scored it 120 - 108 as Cleverly secures a whitewash win in front of a boisterous Cardiff crowd. Cleverly will now look to a big unification bout in the summer, with the winner of Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson or IBF World Champ Tavoris Cloud.
The Welshman, making his first World Championship defence on home soil, took complete control of the fight from start to finish. He rocked his American opponent in the fourth round with a series of stinging body shots, which led some commentators to question whether Karpency's corner would through in the towel.
As the fight progressed into the later rounds, it became clear that Cleverly had an insurmountable points advantage and so it proved as all three judges handed him a unanimous points victory.
The WBO World Light Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly makes a hero's return to Cardiff to defend his WBO World Light Heavyweight Championship against tough American southpaw Tommy Karpency.
It's over four years since Nathan Cleverly last fought in Wales
on the Calzaghe-Kessler undercard in November 2007. Since then he's
featured at some of the major arenas in England on big World
Championship cards and also in Las Vegas.
His last fight was a thriller against rival Tony Bellew in one of the contests of the year, and he's looking to excite on his Cardiff return.
During the fight build-up, the Welshman has promised to win and do so in style against his unfancied opponent. Cleverly will know that a victory - and a third defence of his WBO crown - would open the possibility of a summer unification bout against either Chad Dawson or Bernard Hopkins, who contest the WBC World Light Heavyweight Championship in April.
American Challenger Tommy Karpency boasts a strong record of 21 wins from 24 fights with 14 knockouts.
He enters this fight having previously won the Fedecentro Light Heavyweight Championship in 2009, but failed with a WBO Intercontinental challenge the following year.
A victory would represent a coming of age for Karpency, 26, who will have a passionate and partisan Cardiff crowd against him.
A trio of hot Welsh prospects also feature on Nathan Cleverly's world championship undercard, aiming to prove that they are future World Champions in the making.
Unbeaten talents Craig Evans, Francis Robinson and Lewis Rees will take another step on the ladder towards Championship titles at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on Saturday 25th February.
Blackwood super featherweight Evans, 22, leads the way and is unbeaten in five fights.
He said: "The city is really buzzing again ahead of the big show at the Motorpoint Arena. It looks like the start of exciting times for Welsh boxing again and we are all going to show fans that we are the next champions.
"Calzaghe's fights against the likes of Charles Brewer and Byron Mitchell at the Motorpoint Arena and against Kessler at the Millennium Stadium were amazing and I want my name at the top in a few years' time."
Ely light welterweight Robinson, 21, son of the Wales' former WBO World Featherweight Champion Steve, is undefeated in three fights.
He said: "For a small nation we have produced some of the best boxers to come out of Britain. I believe I've got the talent to become a World Champion like my dad, Calzaghe, Maccarinelli and Cleverly and want to be headlining shows here in a few years' time just like dad did. We've got the best boxing talent in Wales and we aim to show why at the Motorpoint on February 25."
Tonypandy light welterweight Rees, 22, is trained by Gary "The Rocket" Lockett, the former WBU World Middleweight Champion.
Unbeaten in two fights with two KO's, his all-action style has really impressed the media and public.
"I used to come to all the big shows in the city when I was an amateur and I'm thrilled that I'm now going to be now fighting on them," Rees said.
"It's my first fight as a pro back home so I'm bringing a good crowd to see me fight and put on a great show for them. My trainer Gary has given me plenty of advice from his fighting days and I'm really excited about this new era for Welsh boxing."
Another name to keep on eye on is Clydach Vale middleweight Liam Williams, who's trained by Cleverly's father Vince. He's only had one fight, but has big ambitions.
He said: "I'll be world champion one day, for sure. I've got a long way to go, but that's what I'm in this sport to achieve. Training with Vince and alongside Nathan has given me that ambition and I know I can achieve it."