17th October 2011
|Nathan Cleverly – By Al Stevenson|
|Tony Bellew – By Al Stevenson|
|Cleverly lands a hugh right hand – pic by Al Stevenson|
|Bellew lands a big left hook on Cleverly’s jaw – pic by Al Stevenson|
|Uppercuts were a telling factor throughout the fight – pic by Al Stevenson|
|Cleverly retains his title pic by Al Stevenson|
But again Cleverly was not to be denied and fought like a champion who was determined to do everything he could to hang onto his treasured world title belt.
And so the fight played out, every punch in the book was thrown by both and absorbed in equal measure in this the penultimate session and mirrored the whole fight.
Afterwards hostilaties were put aside and a new mutal understanding and respect that only the boxers can experience after pushing each other to the limits was fused. After all the pre fight press conference barneys and hostilities that succeeded in bringing the worse out in each other, they finished up bringing out the best in each other too.
On the way to the Echo Arena in Liverpool my car broke down on the outskirts of the City next to Toxteth Cemetery. I abandoned the vehicle and continued on foot attempting to flag down a taxi to get me there. I eventually met upon some students who were waiting for a pre ordered taxi, I was offered to share a Joe with a guy called Andy from Belfast who was on his way out into town. I eventually got to the Echo and was treated to a top class night of boxing action for my woes. The car was left in Liverpool and I was kindly given a lift back to Mancunia by fight photographer Big Al and Terry Dooley, thanks lads!
By Chris Maylett
- Nathan Cleverly vs Tony Bellew – What the Trade think? (britishboxers.co.uk)