DeGale was warned early for use of the elbow after only a few seconds of the fight but looked to take centre ring and take a hold on the fight which he succeeded in doing and although Smith tried all angles and ring know how to get the upper hand in the fight and draw DeGale onto his punches everything he tried, DeGale had the answer to it.
There was a clash of heads in the fourth round which caused a cut above the right eye of Smith,
a wound that by DeGale was beginning to pepper with his southpaw jab. Smith didn’t let the cut bother him and continued to battle on for his treasured British title, landing a big right in the round as DeGale on the ropes, but DeGale quickly re-grouped before taking control of the fight from the champion again.
The Liverpudlian seemed to recover well from the first barrage of shots but when another hard left hand and a combination of unanswered blows, referee Foster waved it off to Smith’s protests.
“After the first round I thought ‘oh my God, this is easy'”.
“In the first round I said to him, ‘fight me’. He’d talked so much about what he was going to do so I told him to fight me.
“People underestimate the strength of my punching power. I’m so chuffed, so happy.”
British Boxers corespondent and editor of our sister website www.worldboxingnews.net was at ringside in Liverpool to bring us the results as they happened, and mixing with the boxing world at ringside, here is Phil D Jay with Frank Warren the promoter for tonight’s ‘Return of the Magnificent Seven’ boxing card at the Echo arena.
Nathan Cleverly won the vacant WBO ‘interim’ light-heavyweight world title via unanimous points decision win over
Frenchman Nadjib Mohammedi
The unbeaten 23-year-old Welshman was made to work hard for his win against the a determined challenger and was
not at his best, with a laboured performance by his previous high standards.
Mohammedi was a late replacement for the fight and Cleverly may have been thrown by the change of opponent but is now
in a position to lay claim to the world title should current holder Juergen Braehmer be sent to prison on Monday,
Cleverly will be upgraded and this win will effectively have secured him the title.
Kell Brook stops Phillip Kotey in two rounds to retain his WBO Intercontinental welterweight title.
Larry Olubamiwo stops Paul Butlin in the eight and final round.
Joe Selkirk beat Steve Omeara on points.
Liam Smith stopped Matt Scriven in the second round.
Ronnie Heffron stops Wayne downing in just 30 seconds of their fight.