News has emerged today relating to Liverpool's Tony Bellew that will see him challenge for the WBC cruiserweight title. ________________________________________________________________________________ According to his promoter Eddie Hearn on Twitter, terms have been agreed for a fight that will see him contest for his first world title at the cruiserweight limit. It will come as welcome news to his loyal Liverpudlian and…
Bellew, Brook, Fielding And Mitchell Go Marching On
By Peter Wells
A new weight division and a new start for Liverpool’s Tony Bellew 21-2-1(13), and it couldn’t have gone much better as he boxed wonderfully, fought through adversity before a stunning finish to halt tough Valery Brudov 41-5(28) in the 12th round of his Cruiserweight debut.
Bellew worked behind a high work rate early on, as Brudov’s front foot style ensured that Bellew had to work hard to take each round. In the 2nd, Bellew caught Brudov flush with a straight right to score a knockdown that Brudov quickly recovered from. Outside of applying pressure, Brudov’s jab was a key weapon in the early stages, although it couldn’t disrupt Bellew’s rhythm.
For short spells Bellew was able to back Brudov up, as he did late in the 5th, when Brudov was clearly shaken after a decent round for the away fighter.
While Brudov was looking to wear Bellew down, it was proven in the 6th that the wheels were coming off for Brudov first as he looked tired from Bellew’s constant work, and he crashed to the canvas for the 2nd time late in the round.
While the first 6 rounds were tough for Brudov, they had nothing on how tough the 7th was for Bellew who was pounded after a right landed flush on his chin. Bellew in big trouble was given a break when Brudov foolishly landed low, allowing Bellew to survive the round on unsteady legs.
Brudov though could not follow up that great 7th round, as Bellew soon regained composure, controlling the contest before dismantling Brudov with a left in the final stanza, leaving Brudov out for the count.
Rocky Fielding’s 12 round domination against Charles Adamu 21-6(15) was blemished by Fielding coming in 7lbs over the required weight limit, ultimately sacrificing his Commonwealth Super Middleweight title.
Adamu offered little understandably against a fighter nearly 2 weight divisions heavier on fight night. Fielding controlled the fight behind his long reach as Adamu was just happy to last the distance, and he certainly earned his pay check just for sticking with it in a contest that was unfair on the challenger. Rocky will see better days, and a blockbuster with British champion Paul Smith would be heavily anticipated in Liverpool.
Fielding now 18-0(10) won every round on all 3 scorecards.
Kell Brook 32-0(22) is now set to fight for the IBF Welterweight title against the winner of Shawn Porter (champion) vs Paulie Malignaggi, after dominating and halting overmatched but extremely tough Alvaro Robles 17-3(15).
Brook dominated every round, but Robles took his best shots and came back, even if most of his attacks were in vain. Robles suffered a point deduction and was shaken on a couple occasions before his corner threw in the towel during the 8th session.
Whoever Brook is set to face in July, it will be an extremely tough fight regardless. Paulie is an experienced world class fighter, who seems to be a different fighter since losing to Amir Khan. Porter
is an awkward, fast and aggressive fighter, who will bring a lot of energy and power to the table. Two very different opponents, but both could prove just as difficult in a packed Welterweight division.
Erick Ochieng dropped to 14-4(4) with a 3rd consecutive 8 round points loss as he came a cropper against Neil Perkins 6-0(1). Perkins dominated from a southpaw stance throughout as Ochieng lacked the head movement that his awkward defensive style would benefit from. Perkins kept the fight at range and had Ochieng down in the 2nd, even though replay’s showed he tripped and no shot landed. At 34 Perkins will have to move quickly and with an impressive performance here, he looks ready to be fast-tracked up the British rankings. The referee’s card was 78-76 to Perkins.
In the first bout of the night Kevin Mitchell 37-2(27) learnt nothing over 2 rounds against Mikheil Avakyan 21-12-4(8). The Georgian had a pretty record but the beating he took was far from pretty as he looked completely lost from the first punch landed by the 2-time world title challenger. Mitchell seems set to face IBF Lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez on the undercard of Froch-Groves 2. But his opponent Avakyan looked more like an opponent for a 5-0 prospect, rather than a man on the verge of a world title fight.
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