Nathan Cleverly is back!
Welshman Nathan Cleverly (27-1, 13 KO) stops Shawn Corbin (17-5, 12 KO’s) in just two rounds in his cruiserweight debut in front of lively crowd at Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.
Cleverly started strong in the second round after feeling the first round being a cruiserweight. He tagged Corbin with left and right combination that forced Corbin back to the ropes. Cleverly then landed a vicious uppercut that obviously hurt Corbin. Cleverly followed up with barrage of unanswered punches that forced the referee to step in and halt the fight. The official time of the stoppage: 2:19 second round.
With this win, Cleverly captured the vacant WBA Inter-Continental cruiserweight title.
Cleverly is now back in the winning column nine months after the devastating knockout defeat he suffered from the hands of the then emerging heavy handed Sergey Kovalev. He was knockout in the fourth round in the same arena after being floored twice in the third round, and lost his WBO light heavyweight title. The big win will certainly Cleverly’s confidence booster and will help get rid that loss in his head and move forward in his new division.
Gavin Rees SD12 Gary Buckland
Gavin Rees (38-4-1, 18 KO’s) quality punches and ring generalship carried the day as he won via split decision against Gary Buckland 28-,4 9 KO’s) of Cardiff in over 12 rounds of entertaining action.
I can’t believe both men survive 12 rounds of brutal back and forth action. Both men traded hard blow like there is no tomorrow. The ecstatic crowd in Motorpoint Arena did standing ovation for the fighters after the fight.
Rees was the better boxer and landed cleaner punches. Buckland was the more active fighter: marching forward all night. For me, It was a close fight. But the scorecards didn’t reveal how close the fight was on two judges, although one judge had it for Buckland. The judges’ score cards were: 117-113 for Rees, 116-113 for Buckland and 117-112 for Rees.
Callum Smith KO2 Tobias Webb
Callum Smith (11-0, 9 KO’s) destroyed Tobias Webb (14-2-1, 2 KO’s) in just two rounds. Smith showed tremendous body work, dropping Webb three times with hooks to the body.
In the first round Webb fought well and I thought this could be a long night for the undefeated prospect from Liverpool. But in the second round Smith unleashed a ripping left hook to the liver that dropped Webb like a dog — knees and both gloves — hit the floor.
That was extremely painful shot but the gallant Webb got up and continued fighting. This time Smith fired another brutal body shot, now utilizing his right hand and the same result: Webb went down in déjà vu of the first knockdown but Webb got up again, only to visit the floor for the third time.
I thought the third knockdown could be the end but again he rose to his feet and beat the count. But in the fourth knockdown, Webb was not able to beat the count the referee stopped the fight. The official time: 2:50 in the second round.
With the win Smith named the WBC International super middleweight champion.