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Cleverly sees off Fry challenge

Nathan Cleverly (right)
Fry (left) was eventually undone by Cleverly's power

Nathan Cleverly knocked out Courtney Fry in the eighth round to defend his British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight titles in London.

Wales's Cleverly, 22, was heavily favoured to retain his belts against 34-year-old Fry at the York Hall.

However, the 1998 Commonwealth Games champion drew on all his experience to frustrate his younger opponent.

But Cleverly caught Fry and pinned him to the ropes with a flurry of blows in the eighth before the ref stepped in.

The Welshman had failed to dominate but was well ahead on points when he ended Fry's challenge.

Cleverly extended his unbeaten record to 18 matches and has now stopped his last five opponents.

Fry, who lacked nothing in energy but came up short in terms of punching power, suffered his third professional defeat.

see also
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Cleverly faces Fry at York Hall
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Fry unsure how long to continue
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Is Cleverly the new Calzaghe?
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Cleverly targets world title tilt
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Cleverly stops McIntosh for title
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Wales' boxing world champions
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BBC Radio Wales' The Back Page
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