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Results from Liverpool, UK: Bellew, Cleverly and Joshua Win

Bellew stops Dos Santos in the 5th round

Joshua TKO 2.23 round 2 (Skelton down in round 2)

Cleverly TKO 1.16 round 4 (Valori down in 2nd and 4th rounds)

Smith wins 100-89, 99-91, 99-91 to retain the WBC International Super Middleweight Championship

Ogogo TKO Reed after 1.06 of round 5 (Reed down in the 1st round)

Fielding TKO 1.07 round 5 (Gonzalez down once in 5th round)

Cleverly: Tomorrow is the calm before the Bellew storm

Nathan Cleverly admits that there is plenty of pressure on both Tony Bellew and himself to get through their fights tomorrow night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, live on Sky Sports, in order to set up a huge rematch.

Cleverly returns to the scene of his WBO World Light Heavyweight title triumph over Bellew in October 2011, and since then their bitter rivalry has shown no signs of cooling. Promoter Eddie Hearn has dubbed the show Collision Course as he looks to set up a long-awaited tussle between the pair later in the year to put the bad-blood to rest once and for all.

Before such a firecracker of a clash can be negotiated though, both men must come through tough South American assignments in only their second bouts at Cruiserweight. Bellew faces Brazilian KO merchant Julio Cesar Dos Santos while Cleverly says he is on red alert against dangerous Uruguayan Alejandro Valori. Continue reading

Bellew: When I fight Cleverly, I’ll retire him

Tony Bellew says he can afford no slip-ups against Julio Cesar Dos Santos on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, live on Sky Sports – as he wants to fight Nathan Cleverly next and end the Welshman’s career.

Bellew faces the big-hitting Brazilian in his second fight at Cruiserweight, with bitter rival Cleverly clashing with Alejandro Valori on the same bill also in his second bout at 200lbs. Continue reading

Cleverly: “One more fight then I beat Bellew again”

Nathan Cleverly says that beating Alejandro Valori on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool live on Sky Sports will lead to a massive British grudge rematch with Tony Bellew – and he’ll beat his bitter Liverpool foe again.

The Welshman defended his WBO Light Heavyweight crown at the Echo Arena against Bellew back in October 2011 and made three more successful defences of the title before losing the belt to Russian beast Sergey Kovalev in Cardiff in August. Continue reading

Selby looks for impressive showing against Koasicha Saturday on AWE

This Saturday afternoon, Featherweight contender Lee Selby will look to inch closer to rumored big fights when he takes on tough Mexican Romulo Koasicha in a bout that will broadcast live in the United States on AWE.

The card begins at 2:30 PM Eastern / 11:30 AM Pacific.

The fight, will be for the WBC International Featherweight title, will originate from the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.

Selby of Barry, Wales has a record of 18-1 with 7 knockouts. Selby has been on a roll, winning 14 straight fights and capturing multiple championships.

Selby is ranked no. 3 in the world by the WBC, no. 12 by the WBA, no. 6 in the world by the IBF and no. 10 in the world by the WBO. Continue reading

Nathan Cleverly Aims To Knock Out Cruelty To Animals

In the lead-up to his cruiserweight debut against Guyana’s Sean Corbin on 17 May, Welsh boxer and former world champion Nathan Cleverly stars in a brand-new PETA ad that proclaims, “Ink, Not Mink”. The new campaign, which was shot by top celebrity photographer Trevor Leighton, goes on to say, “Knock Out Cruelty to Animals. Say No to Fur and Fur Trim”. The advert can be seen here.

“As a boxer, I face my fears whenever I step into the ring, but I still can’t imagine the fear an animal experiences as they’re beaten and skinned alive for their fur”, Cleverly says. “I hope my PETA campaign gets people to pause and think before buying fur.”

Animals on fur farms spend their lives in cramped, filthy cages before they are drowned, beaten, strangled, electrocuted or skinned alive. Animals caught in the wild can languish in steel-jaw traps for days, and mothers will even chew through their own limbs in an attempt to return to their cubs. For these reasons, many top designers – including Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Vivienne Westwood – refuse to use fur in their collections. Continue reading

Cleverly: I will make it 2-0 against Bellew

Welshman eyeing strong start at Cruiserweight before grudge rematch

Nathan Cleverly says a rematch with bitter rival Tony Bellew is ‘inevitable’ as he prepares to make his debut at Cruiserweight on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports from the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff – and he’ll repeat his win when they meet again. Continue reading