|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enzo Maccarinelli was brutally knocked unconscious by unbeaten Ukrainian Alexander Frenkel in the 7th round of their European cruiserweight title fight.
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.
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.
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.
Gavin from Birmingham qualifies for the Irish title through his Irish parents.
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.
By Chris Maylett