Derek Chisora enters the ring

It was a night of pleasure and pain for the fighters performing on Frank Warren‘s Magnificent Seven boxing show on Saturday night at the Birmingham LG Arena.

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The pleasure was set aside for Nathan Cleverly, Derek Chisora, Matthew Macklin and Kell Brook all winners on the night, while the pain was spread around the unfortunate five in Matthew Hall, Sam Sexton, Carl Dilks, Enzo MaMaccarinelli and an unlucky Michael Jennings who all came un-stuck.
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Londoner Derek Chisora the unbeaten British heavyweight champion added Sam Sexton’s Commonwealth strap to his collection of titles, when he stopped the Norwich man in the 9th round after a great toe to toe battle set at an hectic pace by both men, that looked more middleweight than heavyweight at times.
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This fight was a rematch after the pair met back in June 2008, Chisora now 14-0 (9 KO’s) stopped Sexton back then too in round six. This fight was a much better scrap with honours now being on the line and the joint champions treated the fans to splendid fight.
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Chisora who entered the ring draped in a Union Jack suit with matching scarf! (above right) met Sexton in the ring centre at the start of the first round and they locked horns like two bulls throughout the fight, with constant action the referee didn’t have alot to do as they both went at it.
Sexton boxed well behind the jab at times but it was Chisora who just had that little bit more and always looked to start and finish the exchanges.
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Chisora who showed good movement in his work and for a big guy and moved around the ring well, creating space and angles to attack Sexton and land his meatier punches. But Sexton too was giving Chisora plenty to think about in a 50-50 fight that was swinging backwards and forwards.
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The telling point in the fight was round nine and uncharted territory for both men, neither had been stretched that far before only ever going to the eighth. But when it mattered the most, physically and mentally it was Chisora who stepped up to the plate when it mattered and unleashed a barrage of shots to that backed Sexton against the ropes.
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Norwich man Sexton who drops to 13-2 (6 KO’s) put on a good showing and took everything Chisora had to give him without going down, but Chisora proved a class above in every department and if referee John Keane had not stepped in when he did maybe Sexton would have sank to the canvas with the sheer intensity of ‘Del Boys’ attack, who now is unbeaten in 14 fights, winning 9 by KO is looking to move a level up as he looks towards his dream of winning the world title.
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“Of course I want to get to world level and the only way to do that is improve yourself,” he told Sky Box Office.
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“I’m young, I’m getting better so I want to go on to world level – that’s what I’m going to ask (promoter) Frank (Warren) for!”
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Before Chisora starts looking to world title glory the little obstacle of 6ft 8″ mandatory British heavyweight challenger Tyson Fury stands in his way next, should he decide to hang onto the Lonsdale belt. But with bad blood between the two unbeaten prospects and a fight that both men believe they can win, that is a fight we will get to see.
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A photograph of Commonwealth light heavyweight...

Math’s graduate Nathan Cleverly had all angles covered keeping intact his unbeaten record with an impressive punch perfect display of intense accurate boxing, before stopping German Karo Murat the 10th round of their WBO light-heavyweight world-title eliminator.

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Welshman Cleverly (left) became the first man to beat the German, who was a former European champion and brutally battered Murat with hurtful punches after setting a relentless pace that took the flat footed Murat by shock.
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Cleverly seemed adamant of walking through Murat’s own work and almost went Kamikaze at times with his hands held low when entering into exchanges with the dangerous German.
Cleverly though looked hell bent on wearing down Murat with his work rate and intensity and his boxing skills went out of the window at times and a leading jab was replaced with straight rights and hooks which bounced off Murats head.
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Murat had felt the force of Cleverly’s shots early in the fight and to his credit kept coming back doggedly trying to stay in the fight and get his own work off and had a little success in the fifth round, but Cleverly was just too good for him and cut, bruised and battered Murat into submission.
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The fight was over before the start of the 10th round, when on doctors advice the fight was waved off after Cleverly’s relentless pressure and well-picked punches had worn this tough bloodied opponent down.
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Cleverly, now unbeaten in 20 professional fights, is now in line for a shot at WBO title currently held by Juergen Braehmer, but may yet be awarded the belt, if as expected champion Braehmer is stripped of the title before the two have a chance to meet.
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However, he remains confident of becoming world champion whatever the WBO decide to do.
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“I’m still young, I’ve still got a few things to learn, I’m not naive,” he told Sky Box Office.
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“But you know I keep on going back to the gym and I prepare for every opponent. It’s a matter of bit by bit getting to the top. I predict in 18 months I think I can be undisputed light-heavyweight champion.”
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The unbeaten Kell Brook retained his WBO intercontinental welterweight title with a fifth-round win over Chorley’s Michael Jennings in a war of the roses battle of Yorkshire vs Lancashire in the Midlands.
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Brook from Sheffield landed a slashing left uppercut which opened a serious cut around Jennings’ left eye, almost instantly seeing how bad the cut was, referee Terry O’Connor summoned the contest over, it was an unfortunate end to the fight for Jennings who was doing well up to that point.
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Brook (right) will hope this fight can ignite his career and if he is to fill the potential star slot that British boxing experts are bestowing on him, including
former world featherweight champion Naseem Hamed, who came out of the same Sheffield gym and was at ringside heaping his praises on his fellow Yorkshire man.
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The fight was also an eliminator for the WBO title world title that is currently owned by pound-for-pound world superstar Manny Pacquiao, although a fight with the ‘Pac-Man’ doesn’t look like taking place anytime soon, a rematch with the unlucky Jennings could be a possibility. 
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James DeGale earned himself a shot at the British super-middleweight title held by Liverpool’s Paul Smith, by stopping another Scouser Carl Dilks in the first round.

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The Olympic gold medallist made light work of Dilks, who had promised to meet DeGale in the centre of the ring for a fight.
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DeGale 24, was too quick and powerful for Dilks, who had no answer to the Londoners attacks. Referee Howard Foster jumped in to rescue a cut Dilks who was way out of his comfort zone against the promising super-middleweight prospect DeGale.
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Chunky DeGale and promoter Frank Warren admitted they are already looking at a fight with rival from their amateur day’s Commonwealth champion George Groves, who was at ringside last night and may go down that road first before chasing Paul Smith’s British title.
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“No disprepect to anyone domestically, but I’m the best already.” DeGale told Sky Box Office. “I’m a man on a mission and I’ll fight whoever Frank puts in front of me.”
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Warren added: “We want Groves next.
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“He’s here and he’s called him out. Now we’re saying put your money where your mouth is. I’ve offered them good money and they’ll get a written offer on Monday.”
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Matthew Macklin

Matthew Macklin fighting on his Birmingham home soil, retained the European middleweight championship that he didn’t lose in the ring, when Georgia’s Shalva Jomardashvili quit at the start of the sixth round in this vacant title clash.

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Jomardashvili had refused to get off his stool after absorbing some hurtful shots from Macklin (right) in the fifth round, but as the bell sounded to start the next session Jomardashvili didn’t want to know and the fight was called off.
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Macklin 28, who was supposed to be fighting Darren Barker tonight was not at his best but did enough to out work the Georgian and break him down.
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“I’m in this to be world champion,” he told Sky Box Office.
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“I don’t fear anyone in this division, the better the opponents are the better I perform” added Macklin who extends his record to 27-2 (19 KO’s).
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IBF champion Sebastian Sylvester’s name was mentioned as a possible opponent, for Macklin  and if a fight is made for the world title then Macklin would jump at the chance, but the fight with Barker is the one the British Fans hope can be re-arranged..
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Enzo Maccarinelli was brutally knocked unconscious by unbeaten Ukrainian Alexander Frenkel in the 7th round of their European cruiserweight title fight.

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Maccarinelli, the European and former world cruiserweight champion, came to his fight against the unbeaten German prospect Alexander Frenkel with three first-round wins in his last three fights, after coming off two stoppages defeats. Since his loss to David Haye Maccarinelli was never the same fighter and was immediately wobbled by a right hand in this fight.
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Maccarinelli had wobbled Frenkel with a right hand in the fourth round and also put him down in the fifth only for referee Meronen to rule it a slip.

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The Welshman up to the knockout had held his own in the fight  giving Frenkel work to do and not making things easy for the German who had stopped 17 of 22 opponents, Maccarinelli though had to ship some big shots non more devastating than the poleaxe of a left hook in round seven that pivoted Big Macs head around and dropped him on his back.

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With the power and leverage put into the shot and the way he fell, it looked Maccarinelli wouldn’t get up, but he groggily rose to his feet, the fight should arguably been called off there and then by Finnish referee Erkki Meronen, but he gave the Welshman the benefit of the doubt and waved the fight on.
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Maccarinelli was defenceless to what followed and a barrage of shots ending in a sickening left hook bounced off the exposed jaw of a disorientated Swansea man, who was layed out cold for many agonising minutes, while ringside doctors treated him with oxygen in the ring.
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Maccarinelli was able to come around and leave the ring by himself which looks like being the last time he will do so after this painful heavy defeat.
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Manchester’s Matthew Hall was stopped in the 6th round by Lukas Konecny who claimed the European light middleweight title with a hard fought but dominant win over Hall.
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It looks like that is the end of the road for Hall, when he said afterwards at ringside: “If I cant fight at that level, then I’m not as good as I thought I was.. and I’m done now, I’m retired.”

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Frankie Gavin (8-0) stopped Michael Kelly (8-2-1) when the referee called a halt to the contest in the 5th round, winning the Irish light welterweight title and becoming the first man to stop Kelly.

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Gavin from Birmingham qualifies for the Irish title through his Irish parents. 

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Frank Warren will be pleased with his nights work and hopes to go one better on December 11th when he will stage an even bigger boxing event to celebrate his 30 years as a boxing promoter.

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By Chris Maylett
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