By Alexey Sukachev
Former world cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (31-4, 24 KOs) continued his comeback with the first-round stoppage of Hungarian import Zoltan Czekus (8-3-1, 4 KOs) on Friday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
British brightest welterweight prospect and national champion Kell Brook (21-0, 14 KOs) successfully moved from a casual contender to a world scene operator after a dominating stoppage of WBO #4 veteran Pole Krzysztof Benias (39-4, 16 KOs). Brook was sensational, throwing punches and bunches and giving the guest fighter no time and no space for a return fire. WBO #6 Brook forced Benias to stay inside his defensive shell through the five rounds to finally crack it with two punishing uppercuts for the stoppage at 2:46 of the sixth round. Brook is a new WBO I/C welterweight titlist.
Tony Bellew (13-0, 9 KOs) acquired a vacant Commonwealth light heavyweight crown with the first-round stoppage of raw and gangly Ghanaian Atoli Moore (4-1, 2 KOs). Bellew rocked him with a series of punches at the end of the second minute and gradually got the stoppage.
WBO #4 super middleweight Paul Smith (29-1, 15 KOs) retained his British national belt with a spirited twelve-round unanimous decision over determined challenger Tony Dodson (22-6-1, 12 KOs). Smith, also ranked WBC #18, started the battle smashingly, pressing forward to Dodson but he was also on the wrong end of a severe string of head clashes, which resulted in bleeding wounds all around champion’s face (but especially over his forehead and left eyebrow) in the first and in the second stanzas. Dodson ate several well-placed right hands in the second but took the third with harder punches. Smith was a better man in the fourth and in the fifth only to fade down the stretch. However, Smith caught the second air back in later rounds, while Dodson struggled with a retaliation. Both fighters went toe-to-toe in the last stanza but it was Dodson, who was more consistent. It proved too late however and a single point deduction, issued by referee Dave Parris also didn’t help the challenger much. At the end scores were 117-112, 115-112 and 116-111 – for Paul Smith. Fightnews scored it 114-113 – also for Smith, who moves on making his first defense.