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TONY BELLEW STOPS DANNY McINTOSH IN 5 ROUNDS

 

Tony Bellew stops Danny McIntosh in five rounds to retain British light-heavyweight

Story: Phil Kirkbride - Pictures: James Maloney

DANNY MCINTOSH will never be late again after Liverpool's Tony Bellew delivered on his promise to punish the Norwich man's no-show at the midweek press conference and various other indiscretions during the build up.

Tony Bellew in action against Danny McIntosh



It was not quite the bloodbath that Bellew had vowed - and perhaps even craved - but it was as close to a whitewash as they come.

People in the fight game talk about levels for a reason and the 29-year-old 'Bomber' was streets ahead of the game, if limited, McIntosh.

It was a lightning right hand off the back foot which ultimately put the challenger out of his misery at the ECHO Arena last night but it will be the brutal deconstruction job that the British light-heavyweight champion produced which will have hurt McIntosh the most.

A first defence of his Lonsdale Belt brought out a first class performance in the Wavertree man, who now moves to 17-1 as a professional.

Referee Terry O'Connor brought an end to proceedings after just 38 seconds of the fifth round and would not complete the eight count with McIntosh flat out on the canvas.

The visitor, a former European champion with the threat of a hefty right hand, had gone down at the end of the fourth round after Bellew had flummoxed McIntosh with defensive dexterity before flooring him with a hammer of a left hook.

By this stage, Bellew had a stranglehold on the contest and was in little danger of losing his grip on the British title he won here in July last year.

That evening against Ovill McKenzie, the 'Bomber' boxed with military discipline and though he executed a game plan last night, allowed himself the luxury of throwing shots which were designed to rip McIntosh's head off.

After a steady, measured opening round, the home fighter upped the ante thereafter and had McIntosh hurt in the second. His gumshield hitting the canvas was a sure sign of the distress McIntosh was under.

It would be churlish to say Bellew's one round victim Atoli Moore landed more shots than McIntosh but the Suffolk man struggled to deal with the champion's movement.

Bellew jabbed hard, followed in with the backhand and then pivoted out of range. Textbook stuff.

Even when he did get tagged, Bellew laughed it off. McIntosh's gumshield would come out twice more.

The weight of Bellew's shots no doubt dislodged it but a shrewd McIntosh knew it would buy him some much needed breathing space.

He was, of course, on borrowed time and even when McIntosh forced his way forward, Bellew stopped him in his tracks.

The final play came in circumstances McIntosh will want to forget. Bellew winced after a clash of heads and took a step back.

McIntosh sensed an opening but raced right onto the end of finisher. Immediately Bellew knew it was over.

Only 38 seconds had elapsed of the round when it was brought to a halt.

After the fight a delighted Bellew revealed his partner is expecting their third baby and perhaps fittingly, Bellew made child's play of McIntosh.

Nathan Brough, meanwhile, returned to action with a dominant six round win over William Warburton.

Andy Colquhoun landed a sickening left hook to knockout Dan Taylor however there was disappointment for John Watson.

The Knowsley fighter, with the carrot of a British title eliminator dangled in front of him, lost over eight rounds to late replacement Darren Hamilton.

Full report and analysis in Monday's Echo.

Source:  www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/boxing/2012/04/28/tony-bellew-stops-danny-mcintosh-in-five-rounds-to-retain-british-light-heavyweight-title-at-liverpool-s-echo-arena-gallery-100252-30857722/

 

 

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