By Alexey Sukachev
Fastly rising British light heavyweight hope Nathan Cleverly (16-0, 6 KOs) proved his second name describes it perfectly, dominating the overmatched opponent Billy Boyle (12-2, 7 KOs) to the second round stoppage an hour ago at the York Hall in London. Cleverly used his superior range and fast hands to outjab his shorter opponent in the first. He also used his hard left hook to the body to check Boyle’s liver. In the second, Boyle tried to deliver some heat to Cleverly but failed and became a sitting duck for his opponent’s left-hand bodypunching. He was also badly hurt with the monstrous right uppercut by Cleverly. Still it was a surprise when Boyle’s cornerman threw in the towel to stop a one-sided fight at 2:27 of the second round, whilst his pupil was still answering. Next for WBA/WBO/IBF #14 Cleverly is a shot at vacant British title against fellow unbeaten Danny McIntosh (10-0, 4 KOs) on July 18.
In the main suport fight of the evening, WBO #1 super featherweight Kevin Mitchell (28-0, 21 KOs), coming out of a year-long hiatus, showed a remarkable determination and poise in the third-round stoppage of Ghanaian Lanquaye Wilson (confirmed record is now 1-3, 1 KO). Mitchell used his speed, fast hands and power punching to continuously shake his raw opponent, and the fight was finally stopped after the left-right-left triple by Mitchell (also IBF #3 and WBC #13). Next for Mitchell can be a crack at WBO champion Rocky Martinez later this year.
Rising British heavyweight prospect Derek Chisora (10-0, 5 KOs) showed all the ingredients for a future star in his fight against journeyman Paul Butlin (12-9, 8 KOs), including sharp reflexes, beatiful technique, multipunch combos and… outlaw tricks. Chisora dominated his opponent throughout the whole fight, finally scoring a standing eight-count knockdown in the seventh. The final score was 79-72 for flexible and techically sound Chisora. The winner was, however, extremely lucky not being disqualified after a severe bite he delivered on Butlin’s left ear in the fifth round. Surprisingly, referee Dave Parris hasn’t seen this sort of shark attack (literally!) and hasn’t deducted any points from power-biting Chisora. In the aftermath, the victor declared that wasn’t him biting his foe and asked for a fight against Danny Williams.
Featherweight Stephen Smith (7-0, 5 KOs) decked Hungarian opponent Zsolt Nagy (12-8, 5 KOs) twice with the liver shots in the second round en route to 60-53 points victory.
Liam Walsh (5-0, 4 KOs) TKO 3 Baz Carey (11-44-4, 3 KOs)
Michael Walsh (5-0, 5 KOs) TKO 4 Isaac Owusu (2-2)
Ryan Walsh (7-0, 2 KOs) TKO 3 Marc Callaghan (19-16-1. 4 KOs)
Vinny Mitchell (9-0, 2 KOs) PTS 4 Youssef Al Hamidi (5-18-1, 1 KO)