29th February 2012
Nathan Cleverly retained his WBO light-heavyweight championship on Saturday 25th in Cardiff with a unanimous decision victory. The main event at the Motorpoint Arena provided few thrills as American Tommy Karpency spent twelve rounds in full self-preservation mode, never threatening to take the title back to US shores.
Cleverly was unable finish the 26-year-old, though impressive with his hand-speed and combinations, his punches lacked the concussive power and surprise needed to stop Karpency. A former sparring partner to Roy Jones Jnr, the American proved his resilience, but was vastly outclassed.
|Cleverly lands a right uppercut on Karpency – By Al Stevenson|
Having never been stopped in any of his previous contents, Karpency’s defensive work kept him hanging on for the duration of the world title bout, but saw him lose every round on the judges’ scorecards.
The Welshman punished the ribcage of the American southpaw, but remained tightly in range for the majority of the fight, unable to find the distance or angle for a knockout blow. It was a contest that failed to get pulses racing, but improves Cleverly’s record to 24-0.
|Cleverly is a comfortable points winner retaining his belt – By Al Stevenson|
Talk of Bernard Hopkins as a potential opponent has circulated for some time, and fellow Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli has also stated his desire to meet the 25-year-old in the ring. Cleverly is rumoured to fight next at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April, with an opponent yet to be named.
By Jane G.