Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 6/25/14
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Nathan Cleverly retained his WBO light-heavyweight title with a majority-points decision over Tony Bellew after 12 rounds Saturday. Cleverly was scored 117-112, 116-113, 114-114 on the three judges' cards to improve his unbeaten record to 23 successive wins. ''I knew he would be dangerous in the first three rounds, but in all honesty I thought he'd tire more,'' the Welshman (23-0, 11 KOs) told Box Nation TV. ''But he held in there and showed he is a brilliant challenger. He's very fit.'' Bellew (16-1, 10KOs) was warned early on by referee Richie Davies after appearing to aim a headbutt at Cleverly. As the action began to settle, Cleverly landed two good rights to shade the first round, but Bellew responded with a furious assault in the second, flinging hooks with both hands. After a more even third round, Bellew gained the momentum in the fourth with a solid blow to the body, and his rights over the top were posing problems for Cleverly. Bellew was winded by a low blow in the ...
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