By Alexey Sukachev
Rising Welsh light heavyweight star Nathan Cleverly (17-0, 7 KOs) added the vacant British national belt to the already owned Commonwealth 175lb title with a devastating seventh-round TKO over Danny McIntosh (10-1, 4 KOs), dealing the first career loss to his opponent. Cleverly (WBC #12 and WBA/IBF/WBO #14), a terrific body puncher of his own right, started to work McIntosh’s body from the outset but was hitting too low and was warned twice in the opening round by the referee. In round two, the Welshman landed a monstrous left to the liver and added a right hook to put Norwich native for the first time. McIntosh stood up but almost immediately went down again after another huge right. McIntosh literally jumped back in Jackie Chan style. It was a miracle, how he survived till the end of the second round though. In the third, Cleverly stalked his foe again and down went McIntosh for third time. Moments later he was decked once more but now from the illegal push. However, he recovered well and lasted till the end of the third. Tired Cleverly was less active in round four but McIntosh was too beaten to deal any backfire to his future conqueror. The fifth and the sixth stanzas were in Nathan’s favor. The end came in round seven. Cleverly dropped his opponent again after the right and McIntosh fascinatingly stood up again. However, after another of Nate’s combination the fight was stopped in his favor. The fourth straight knockout win for the 22-year-old Welshman.
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British heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury (7-0, 7 KOs) continued his road of terror, stopping Latvian no-hoper Alexander Selezens (3-7) in the third. Fury landed a sneaky body punch that put his Latvian opponent in pain and then down on accumulation of punches. Selezen’s corner threw in towel right after that. Fury is scheduled to fight for the English belt against John McDermott later this year.
Unheralded junior welterweight Tom Glover (9-5-3, no KOs) scored the win of his life, soundly upsetting former European champion Jonathon Thaxton (34-10, 19 KOs) over eight hard-fought rounds. The sole referee saw it 77-76 for Glover. Fightnews had it otherwise: 76-75 for Thaxton, who was deducted a point for holding during the fight.