Big time boxing returns to Wales this weekend for the return of former world champion Nathan Cleverly at cruiserweight and Lee Selby in action in a WBC world featherweight title eliminator against Romulo Koasicha.
Cleverly, who lost his WBO light-heavyweight crown in devastating fashion against Sergei Kovalev, returns to the ring for his second coming as a fighter after nine months out and will be hoping to make a statement against Sean Corbin at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.
The Welshman is the overwhelming 1/33 favourite for victory with Ladbrokes, while his fellow countryman, Selby, who faces Mexican Koasicha, steps up to world level and is 1/20 for a win which will propel him towards a major title shot.
To get you in the mood for Saturday night’s action, we have dived into the archives to find three of the best knockouts by Welsh fighters down the years:
Joe Calzaghe v Mario Veit – 2001
Making the eighth defence of his WBO world super-middleweight title, The Pride of Wales put in a devastating performance against Mario Veit in Cardiff. Calzaghe, who finished his career with an unbeaten record of 46-0, knocked his opponent down, not once, but twice with two stinging left hands before referee Mark Nelson jumped in and stopped the bout with just one minute and 52 seconds of round one on the clock.
Nicky Piper v John Ellis – 1990
Blink and you’ll miss this one! It took Cardiff fighter Nicky Piper just 12 seconds and one punch of his seventh professional contest to take out “Big” John Ellis. A short night’s work for the former Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion!
Jason Cook v Sandro Casamonica – 2002
Jason Cook’s stunning TKO victory over Sandro Cassamonica was the stuff dreams are made of for a boxer! Cook was thrown into the deep end as a late substitute against Casamonica for the vacant European lightweight title with just 10 days notice. The Welshman was down and out in round three as he picked himself up off the canvas, but as his opponent went in for the stoppage Cook, nicknamed The Power, ended the contest with a stunning left hook to complete the proudest night of his career.
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