WBO lightweight beltholder Nathan Cleverly made a successful second defense of his belt by winning a toe-to-toe clash of unbeaten United Kingdom fighters against challenger Tony Bellew on Saturday at Echo Arena, in Liverpool, England.
In victory, the 24-year-old rose to 23-0 with 11 knockouts, winning by scores of 117-112 and 116-113 on the cards of David Parris and Phil Edwards, respectively, and judge Terry O’Connor having it even at 114-114.
The 28-year-old Bellew, of Liverpool, slipped to 16-1, with 10 stoppages. Bellew was coming off a unanimous decision over Ovill McKenzie in July.
Cleverly won the belt with a unanimous decision over Madjib Mohammedi in December of last year, and stopped Aleksy Kuziemski in the fourth round of his first defense in October.
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