Cleverly retains his WBO light-heavyweight title with dominating performance against Krasniqi at Wembley Arena
By Martin Domin
Nathan Cleverly was ruthlessly efficient as he dismantled German challenger Robin Krasniqi to retain his WBO world light-heavyweight title over 12 rounds at Wembley Arena.
Winner: Nathan Cleverly retained his WBO light-heavyweight with a dominating performance against Robin Krasniqi
Good performance: Cleverly never looked in trouble
The 26-year-old entered the ring decked in blue, perhaps in a nod to the traditional colours of Cardiff City, who clinched the Championship title earlier in the day.
Right hand: Cleverly throws a right hand early in the bout
Big shots: Cleverly goes on the attack with a left jab
He made sure there was no slow start in the fourth stanza as he pinned Krasniqi in the corner and landed flush with a left-right combination. The German escaped into the open ring only for the champion to have a storming end to the session, rocking Krasniqi with a right uppercut and two left hooks.
Body shot: Cleverly takes a punch in the abdomen
Punching power: Despite his dominance Cleverly never looked like scoring a knockout blow
Rocked: Cleverly was clearly in front by the mid-way point
By the time the fight reached the tenth round, the result was a formality and the cheers from the small pocket of visiting fans were growing ever more faint.
'I felt good in there and I'm pleased with the performance, it was a nice boxing display. He was tough.
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