Underdog Darren Barker shocked the world by beating favorite Daniel Geale to capture the IBF middleweight championship. Barker had to pick himself off the canvas in round six after a left to the body. Barker showed tremendous courage by picking himself up off the canvas to make it to the final bell. The scorecards read 114-113 (Geale), 116-111 and 114-114 (Barker), Barker wins by Split Decision
Frank Warren has his critics but yesterday we saw a entertaining bill from start to finish. The night was full of drama which I am sure left the Welsh crowd thinking ‘I really did get my moneys worth’.
The Krusher showed UK fans why he was favorite after his dominating performance over Nathan Cleverly. From the opening bell he was in control, he was finding it very easy to get through Nathan’s high guard. Nathan offered little in much of output, his tactics seemed to suggest he was trying to survive the opening rounds and come on strong the more the fight went on. Kovalev had Cleverly down twice in round 3, and at the end of the round the referee had to carry Cleverly back to the corner. Nathan was in not fit state to continue, which was clear to everyone except referee Terry O’Conner. Nathan came out for round 4 and he wasn’t himself, Kovalev rushed in and it didn’t take the referee long to jump in and wave the fight off. Kovalev sent shock waves across the world with a fantastic demolition of Cleverly.
Enzo Maccarinelli and Ovil McKenzie were involved in the longest fight of the night, it lasted eleven rounds. Both fighters gave it their all, and both showed glimpses that both fighters were capable of winning on the night. When one fighter was on top the other came back stronger, it really was eye catching stuff as no one knew who was going to prevail as Commonwealth Champion. You wouldn’t of guessed that the fight was close due to the biast commentary from the TV commentators. However Enzo never let it go as far as the cards, he produced a fantastic stoppage in the eleventh round to claim the Commonwealth Belt.
British super featherweight champion Gary Buckland took on Stephen Smith. Smith left the Welsh crowd in shock when he demolished Buckland with a superb finish in round five, which left Buckland flat out on the canvas for several minutes.
Welsh prospects Rhys Evans, Aled Cook, Liam Williams, Lewis Rees and Craig Evans all got wins and more importantly valuable rounds under their belts as did England’s Ronnie Heffron.
Wales Danni Griffths took on England’s Courtney Richards over 4 rounds. Both where making their debuts on the Cardiff bill. Richards went onto win on points 39-38.