27th February 2012
Cleverly still champ – By Al Stevenson
Nathan Cleverly vs Tommy Karpency – The WBO World Light-Heavyweight Championship

After a huge ovation from the electric Welsh crowd Cleverly starts fast shaking Karpency with some stinging combinations. The durable Karpency who brings in a record with no stoppages losses takes it all in his stride and fires back some shots of his own, but fails to properly connect with any.

The second round follows the pattern of the first with Cleverly continuing in the role of the aggressor. Making Karpency work very hard defensively. The stinging shots of Cleverly continue in the third round with Karpency trying to work himself into the fight, to little avail. Karpency comes out for the fourth marked up on both his head and face, Cleverly continues the stinging shots, throwing great combinations which have the Cardiff crowd on their feet.

The seventh round is much of the same as Cleverly fires off a range of shots, however the tough Karpency continues to keep coming, and shows no real signs of wobbling. Cleverly keeps the tempo high throughout the eighth, ninth and tenth rounds, with Karpency using survival tactics and struggling to keep up with the Welshman’s work-rate. Cleverly starts the twelfth round unloading a barrage of shots on the American, searching hard for that elusive stoppage, however Karpency’s granite chin and foot movement see him through to the final bell. Cleverly’s excellent work-rate and polished performance see him through to a comprehensive victory, winning every round.

Frankie Gavin vs Kevin McIntyre – 8×3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
Gavin looks in good shape on his return to the ring, working hard throwing good combinations throughout the first round, however he doesn’t have it all his own way as the tough Scotsman throws some good shots of his own.

Gavin jabs to McIntyre’s body, text book shot! – By Al Stevenson

Gavin continues with the pressure in the second round and McIntyre begins to feel Gavin’s shots. Gavin comes out on the front foot at the start of the third working the jab well, McIntyre continues to make him look hard but is caught with a good shot and falls to his knees. He fails to beat the referee’s count and Gavin is crowned the victor.

Back with a bang! – Funtime is smiling again! – By Al Stevenson

Liam Smith vs Paul Morby – 8×3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
Smith starts the stronger of the pair on the front foot for the whole of the first round. Smith continues his ascendancy into the start of the second working the jab well, but Morby works in a few shots toward the end of the round, however Smith continues to look comfortably the stronger man.

Liam Smith lands a jab on Paul Morby – By Al Stevenson

Through the third and fourth rounds Smith continues to be the aggressor throwing some good combinations that Morby struggles to deal with. Smith continues to work Morby hard through the next two rounds , this leads to spoiling tactics from Morby in the sixth where the referee decides to dock a point for holding. Morby continues employing survival tactics through the following round as Smith continues to look for the killer blow. In the eighth and final round Smith continues to pile on the pressure however Morby clings on to Smith at every opportunity to avoid the stoppage, managing to survive until the final bell.  Smith’s hand is raised at the end of the contest 80-69. 

Team Liam Smith – Anthony Crolla, Dean Powell, Joe Gallagher, Liam Smith, Callum Smith, Stephen Smith, Paul Smith Snr. – By Al Stevenson
Other results on the Cardiff card

Francis Robinson vs Mark McKray – 4×3 Minute Rounds Light-Welterweight Contest
Home town boy Francis Robinson walks in to a good reception at the Cardiff Arena. He doesn’t disappoint the hometown crowd by working the jab and rolling well to get inside McKray. Robinson stays on top across the four rounds and is awarded the victory.

Lewis Rees vs Tony Pace – 6×3 Minute Rounds Light-Welterweight Contest
Both men came out of their corners with intent, trading blow toe to toe in a hugely entertaining competitive opening period of the round one. This continued for the rest of the round but a good combination from Rees wobbled Pace at the end of the round. The Snake hung on a made it through to the end of the round. Pace emerged from his corner at the start of the second clearly still shaken, struggling to steady his legs. However he continued to make life difficult for Rees and an entertaining few rounds followed. Both men traded heavy blows for the remainder of the fight however Rees always looked on top, and was awarded the victory after 6 rounds.

Craig Evans vs Marc Callaghan – 6×3 Minute Rounds Super-Featherweight Contest
Evans started extremely fast punishing Callaghan for the whole of the first round. Clinging on as the round came to an end the doctor deemed that Callaghan was in no fit state to continue due to an injured shoulder and Evans was declared the winner.

Enzo Maccarinelli vs Ciaran Healy – 8×3 Minute Rounds Cruiserweight Contest
Enzo works the jab well though the first round, but the gallant Healy absorbs the pressure early on. Healy takes a tumble from some good shots from Maccarinelli. Healy gets to his feet promptly on the three count. Under the pressure Healy tries to brawl his way out, but Maccarinelli continues to work the body well and sends Healy to the canvas again soon after. Unable to deal with a flurry of punches from Maccarinelli the referee steps in a puts an end to the contest at the end of the second round, deeming that Healy was in no fit state to continue.

Liam Williams vs Tommy Tolan (4x3s Middleweight Contest) 
Liam Williams makes a solid start in his second pro contest, however the gallant Tolan makes life difficult for the whole of the first round. The second round is a toe to toe affair, with both men trading blows; Williams suffers a fairly bad cut to the right side of the head midway through the round. The third round is a tough affair with both men with suffering from deep facial cuts, Williams finishes the stronger and has his hand raised by the referee at the end of the contest (40-36).

Fight Reports courtesy of www.frankwarren.tv
Photographs courtesy of Al Stephenson
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