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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 April 2007, 16:31 GMT 17:31 UK
Lockett secures Welsh clean-sweep
By Nabil Hassan
At the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Gary Lockett
Lockett was fighting for the first time under trainer Enzo Calzaghe
Wales' Gary Lockett retained his WBU middleweight championship in impressive fashion on Saturday night.

The 30-year-old from Cwmbran stopped Blackpool's Lee Blundell in three rounds at the Millennium Stadium.

The victory was also trainer Enzo Calzaghe's seventh win out of seven on a fine night for Welsh boxing.

Joe Calzaghe, Enzo Maccarinelli, Bradley Pryce, Kerry Hope, Gavin Rees and Nathan Cleverly had earlier turned in the goods for the Calzaghe stable.

Lockett looked impressive in his three-round knock-out of Blundell, flooring him mid-way through the second before finishing him early in the third with a devastating body-shot that knocked the wind out his opponent.

'The Rocket' is new to the Calzaghe stable and says he is already reaping the rewards of his move to the Newbridge gym.

"You can't ask more than a third round stoppage and I'm pleased with how I fought," said Lockett.


"I've only been with Enzo a couple of months and already I'm starting to feel the benefits and I reckon in six months time I'll be ready for a step up in class."

Merthyr middleweight Kerry Hope got the night up and running with a points victory over fellow Welshman Jamie Ambler, also flooring his opponent in the fifth round.

Highly-rated Nathan Cleverly turned in a solid performance against the awkward Nick Okoth, winning every round in his super-middleweight contest.

Gavin Rees also showed he is finally ready to turn his early potential into something more serious with a fine points victory over Billy Smith.

The best fight of the night, though, came between Pontypool's Tony Doherty and Abercynon's Lee 'Taz' Jones.

The last time the pair met, Doherty snacthed a disputed points victory.

But this time, Doherty left no-one in doubt who was the better boxer, knocking his opponent out in the seventh round in a thrilling contest.

The victory was all the more poignant for Doherty, who dedicated his win to his dead brother Francis who died in November last year, aged 26.

Francis had been battling Cystic Fibrosis for most of his life, and following his victory over Jones, Doherty sported a T-shirt which simply read 'Francis RIP'.

The Pontypool boxer was too emotional to speak at length following his fight, simply saying: "That was for Francis."

There was also victory for Rhondda's Barrie Jones, as his second-round stoppage of Daniel Thorpe to complete a great night for the home boxers.

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