Cleverly shows his brutal side to give Murat a thick ear

Nathan Cleverly, the 23-year-old Welshman who holds a maths degree, graduated to world level last night to underscore the emergence of a generation of talented young British fighters. He beat fellow unbeaten light-heavyweight Karo Murat, the fight ending on the advice of the ringside doctor at the start of the 10th round of a pulsating scrap.

Murat, who was brought up in Iraq, had given Cleverly an exacting test but suffered a badly damaged nose amid the unrelenting attrition and then the referee Mark Nelson, who had been concerned about blood oozing from Murat's ear, called in the doctor. After 20 fights Cleverly is set to challenge for the WBO title held by Jürgen Brähmer.

A sweet night for Cleverly then, but a bitter one for his compatriot Enzo Maccarinelli in his European Cruiserweight title defence. The Swansea fighter was knocked out in the seventh round by unbeaten Ukrainian Alexander Frenkel. An appalling misjudgement by the Finnish referee Erkki Meronen, who waved him back into the fight, left him unconscious for several minutes. Defenceless, he was caught by two further savage blows to the head and had to be given oxygen in the ring.

Golden boy James "Chunky" DeGale showed the form that made him Olympic champion with a blistering one-round demolition of Carl Dilks in a final eliminator for the British super-middleweight title.

Nineteen months ago, when he made his professional debut in this city, he was booed out of the ring. But the 24-year-old Londoner had never looked so good as he unleashed an array of quickfire punches. Dilks, a former soldier from Liverpool who served in Iraq, never got into the fight, which ended after just 2min 54 sec, referee Howard Foster intervening as Dilks' right eyebrow split, though some thought the intervention a tad premature.

"I want two more fights this year and to be British champion by the end of it," said DeGale. He looks quite ready to challenge the champion, Paul Smith, another Liverpudlian. This eighth win was a successful defence of his WBA international belt.

Kell Brook, Sheffield's Naseem Hamed fight-alike, successfully defended his WBO Intercontinental welterweight title by stopping Chorley's Michael Jennings, who suffered a badly gashed eyebrow early in the fifth round. Brook, who is clearly on the cusp of big things, is now the number one challenger to Manny Pacquiao.

Heavyweight Derek Chisora added the Commonwealth title to his British crown when the Londoner left Norwich's Sam Sexton sagging on the ropes in the ninth round.

In Barbados, Nicola Adams's bid to become England's first-ever women's world champion ended when she lost the flyweight final to the reigning champion Ren Cancan of China. The Leeds fighter held a narrow 2-1 lead after round one but Ren pulled away in the last two to claim a 10-5 win.

Hartlepool's 19-year-old Savannah Marshall, who was recently featured in our Going for Gold series, was also forced to settle for silver after an agonisingly close 5-4 defeat by American Andrecia Wasson in the welterweight final.

Ireland's Katie Taylor took her third world title, beating China's Cheng Dong 18-5 after the lightweight opened up an eight-point lead in two rounds.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: 3rd Line Virtualisation, Windows & Server Engineer

£40000 - £47000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A 3rd Line Virtualisation / Sto...

Recruitment Genius: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Service Engineer

£26000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A successful national service f...

Recruitment Genius: Business Development Executive / Sales - OTE £25,000

£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Fixed Term Contract

£17500 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We currently require an experie...

Day In a Page

Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific