Boxing Round Up: Wins for Cleverly, Selby, Rees & Smith!
Monday, 19 May 2014 | Carl
Lee Selby came through his world title eliminator against Mexican Romulo Koasica, winning a wide points decision.
Selby earned scores of 119-109 (twice) and 119-110 and boxed well, dominating the bout at distance, using his superior speed and skill.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said they will step up the level of opposition as Selby eyes world championship gold.
"It's good to be back with a bang," said Nathan Cleverly, after dismissing poor Shawn Corbin in two rounds.
Cleverly, in his first bout at cruiserweight, had things all his own way and says he would like one or two more before a second fight with Tony Bellew.
Gavin Rees gained revenge over Gary Buckland in their hotly-anticipated rematch. Again it was hard fought but Rees banked some rounds boxing smartly on the back foot after an early spell in the trenches. It was a split decision, with Victor Loughlin (117-113) and John Keane (117-112) seeing it for Rees but Richie Davies scoring for Buckland 116-113. Even Buckland disagreed with that as he accepted the loss and talked of a return to super-featherweight. Rees, a former WBA light-welterweight champion, confirmed he will retire.
Callum Smith took just two rounds to dismiss a courageous Tobias Webb, flooring him four times with body shots.
Paul Smith took just 1-17 of round two to defeat David Sarabia and he's now on course for a WBO super-middleweight title fight in Germany against Arthur Abraham.
Mitch Buckland won all six rounds against Daza Usher but the clash between Dale Evans and Mark Douglas resulted in a technical draw following a third round clash of heads. It has been scheduled for eight.
After two rounds, Marc Callaghan retired from his contest with Robbie Turley and Alex Hughes impressed while opening proceedings against Mark Till, scoring a fourth-round stoppage.
Chris Jenkins was on last but boxed well to stop Spain's Miguel Aguilar in seven rounds. Jenkins is now 15-0 (7).