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Summary

  1. Tony Bellew beats Nathan Cleverly on points - split decision
  2. Cleverly v Bellew II goes 12 rounds
  3. Anthony Joshua beats Michael Sprott in 1min 26secs
  4. George Groves stops Denis Douglin in 7th round
  5. James DeGale stops Marco Antonio Periban in 3rd round

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson and Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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Right then. Tony Bellew's off for a pizza, I'm off home. Thanks, once again, for your company. Night all.

Cleverly v Bellew

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Promoter Eddie Hearn: "It was weird one, six rounds were technical then they stood in one place and tried to attack each other. I was surprised by one judge giving it to Cleverly. They both looked very tired. I expected a knockout. Nathan might have been up after the first half but Tony's size and strength sapped the energy out of Nathan Cleverly. I expected Tony to get a world title shot next year."

Cleverly v Bellew

Tony Bellew, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm not bad for a fat lad. I'm going to go and have a pizza now."

Cleverly v Bellew

Tony Bellew, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm a man of my word, I won't do the embrace or shake his hand. I said to him that I didn't think he was a cruiserweight. He said 'possibly not'."

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Matt Ruck: A disappointing fight in the end, and how a judge saw the fight in favour of Cleverly is beyond me!

Cleverly v Bellew

Tony Bellew, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live: "I got him in the corner and roughed him up, it was old school. It was only after seven rounds when I realised I wouldn't get hit with a big shot. I began to creep forward and he was always on the back foot."

Cleverly v Bellew

Tony Bellew, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live: "I was getting tagged but I was just walking through it. I love the sport and the glory of it - I just can't quit. I feel like crying - I'm so happy to get home to my three kids. Winning means so much to me. I was gutted about the split decision, I think I won nine rounds.

"I overdo it a little bit in the build-up and the public probably hate me at times and I am wrong but I can't help the way I am. I don't want to go drinking and partying now. I want to see my kids - I told my 9-year-old today that the fight had been delayed for a week because I had hurt my hand. I just didn't want him to know I was fighting."

Cleverly v Bellew

Mike Costello

BBC boxing commentator

"Tony Bellew's career suddenly takes on a whole new momentum now."

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John Delaney: One of the judges gave that fight to Cleverly? Blimey!

andrew shaw: Let's have number 3, that sounds good

Cleverly v Bellew

Tony Bellew on Sky Sports: "I don't like him but it has been settled. I have outworked a great athlete and it is done with. There is not going to be an embrace but it is over and done with."

Nathan Cleverly: "I said it would be a replica version of the first fight but more explosive. The majority decision and it is one apiece. It shows my character, I have come up a weight. His strength showed in the second half. He was using his natural strength and made it pay. 1-1 maybe we will have third fight."

Bellew: "If this can fill the Millennium Stadium, I will go there. I will fight anywhere. I know he is not a cruiserweight and he knows that."

Cleverly v Bellew

Tony Bellew is the deserved winner of the fight, with Nathan Cleverly seemingly running out of steam. While being interviewed by the television cameras, Cleverly asks for a third clash in Wales. A decider, with both men winning one clash each. Bellew's response? "Let's do it."

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Luke Pearce: Same old British boxing failing to live up to the hype of the media.

Bellew wins on a split decision

Tony Bellew can hardly believe it - one judge gives the fight to Cleverly, 115-114. The other two score it 116-112 and 115-113 for Bellew.

Bellew stands and asks the judge in question - Terry O'Connor - why he gave the fight to Cleverly, looking on in disbelief even as he is announced the winner.

Cleverly v Bellew

Split decision!

Cleverly v Bellew

Here comes the decision...

Cleverly v Bellew

Darren Barker

Former world middleweight champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Cleverly really could have an injury. It was such a change in tactics around the eighth round when he just backed up onto the ropes."

Cleverly v Bellew

Tony Bellew celebrates at the final bell, while Nathan Cleverly begins to pace the perimeter of the ring. He should have done that earlier!

Cleverly v Bellew

Richie Woodhall

Former world super-middleweight champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Tremendous performance from Bellew. I am still unsure about what has happened to Nathan Cleverly. I suspect he has an injury to his right hand."

Round 12

Cleverly v Bellew

Can Nathan Cleverly stop his opponent and rip up the judges' scorecards? Nope, he's got nothing left. He's just letting Bellew work away, yet the Liverpudlian can't apply a finishing touch.

As we enter the final 90 seconds of the fight, the crowd gets louder. Their man, Bellew, is almost there. The pair shuffle into the centre of the ring for one last stand, then the bell goes. We're going to the judges. Surely Bellew has got this in the bag?

Cleverly v Bellew

Richie Woodhall

Former world super-middleweight champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"I'm actually wondering if Cleverly has got an injury. He is either tired or injured."

Cleverly v Bellew

Nate Williams, BBC Sport, ringside

"Bellew is upping the intensity, with Cleverly's work rate slowing. But Cleverly is using every ounce of energy to avoid those big swings from the Bomber as the crowd roar their hometown hero's name - urging him to find a finish. But Cleverly hangs on for the last stand in the final round."

Round 11

Cleverly v Bellew

Nathan Cleverly just can't raise himself from the ropes. Tony Bellew is working away, trying to find that one punch which breaks the Welshman's resistance. There's no tactics now - he's just throwing as much as he can muster, and Cleverly is offering nothing in return. A right over the top misses its target. Bellew has enough time to just stand and look for an opening.

The photographers beneath the ropes can hardly believe their luck - they've enjoyed almost three minutes of close-up action. No excuses from you tonight, lads.

Cleverly v Bellew

Richie Woodhall

Former world super-middleweight champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"I am amazed at the tactics from Nathan Cleverly. Just standing on the ropes and inviting pressure. Totally the wrong thing to do."

Round 10

Cleverly v Bellew

Both men are running on empty now. Who wants this the most? The pair get in close, heads bowed and punches being exchanged. Tony Bellew is landing the better shots and is wobbled by a crashing right to the side of the head. The Welshman is inviting trouble as he leans on the ropes, head swaying. Every punch thrown seems a big effort, every punch received sucking the energy out of the recipient. Cleverly heads back to his corner and gets some stark news from his team: "You need to stop him now," they say.

Cleverly v Bellew

Richie Woodhall

Former world super-middleweight champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Bellew took that round clearly. Too many times he had Cleverly on the ropes. Cleverly was punching back but Bellew was landing the better shots."

Round nine

Cleverly v Bellew

Better from Tony Bellew who suddenly looks to have more snap and power in his combinations. He stalks Nathan Cleverly who continues with his left jab line of attack. He's banking on the cumulative effect. Bellew is pinned on the ropes and is punished with a booming left. It's turning into a decent scrap now. The crowd becomes excitable.

The pair become entrenched on the ropes - Bellew pounding away and Cleverly looking in big trouble. No footwork now - it's stand and deliver stuff. A brilliant end to the round for the home favourite.

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Tony Barrett ‏on Twitter: Can't work out why (maybe an injury?) but Cleverly seems strangely reluctant to throw a right.

Cleverly v Bellew

Darren Barker

Former world middleweight champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"I have Cleverly one round up now. He didn't throw much more than the jab but he is starting to frustrate Bellew."

Round eight

Cleverly v Bellew

The fight's toll is beginning to show on the face of both men. Tony Bellew continues to force the pace, but Nathan Cleverly appears to be manoeuvring himself into a position to let go of a few big shots. A solid right crashes into the side of Bellew's face, a booming right then missing its target. A decent left follows, with the Welshman smiling and looking much fresher as we close in on the championship rounds.

Cleverly v Bellew

Darren Barker

Former world middleweight champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"I have gone with Cleverly. Bellew was getting caught with quick jabs."

Round seven

Cleverly v Bellew

A good right from Tony Bellew smashes into the side of Nathan Cleverly's face. Jab, jab, jab from the Welshman. Both men are finding each other awkward opponents, it's a fascinating clash of styles. Boom... both men register big shots, both men shrug their shoulders and go back for more. Cleverly is looking more nimble on his feet as he evades a couple of decent shots from the Bomber. Is the home favourite tiring?

Cleverly v Bellew

Nate Williams, BBC Sport, ringside

"Into the second half of the fight - most of the journalists at ringside here in Liverpool have Bellew winning comfortably by three or four rounds with Cleverly offering very little in response to Bellew's composed boxing, mixed with short bursts of aggression. It's clear the Liverpool fighter wants to punish his opponent through the late rounds."

Cleverly v Bellew

Richie Woodhall

Former world super-middleweight champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Very close indeed. I just think Tony Bellew is starting to tire."

Round six

Cleverly v Bellew

Both men try and work on the inside now. Busy punching from the pair. Tony Bellew feigns a charge and Nathan Cleverly dodges it. The Englishman's booming right over the top fails to find its target.

Nathan Cleverly shows nimble footwork to escape being cornered on the ropes. Bellew begins to get into position for the big shot. The Welshman continues to try and dictate with his jab but is caught to the back of the head. Tense stuff.

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Gary Parker: Go on Nathan open that cut up on Bellew and finish him off #TeamCleverly.

Cleverly v Bellew

Darren Barker

Former world middleweight champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Cleverly is doing well with the jab but I just don't think he is doing enough. I have given the last two rounds to Bellew."

Round five

Cleverly v Bellew

Is Nathan Cleverly keeping some gas in reserve for the later rounds? Letting Tony Bellew punch himself out? Risky business. Bellew continues to force the pace, but the tempo has dropped a little. Nathan Cleverly attacks the body, Bellew counters. A duck and a weave from the Bomber who crashes a left uppercut into the ribs. Hands down, both men teasing the other into making a big move.

Cleverly v Bellew

Richie Woodhall

Former world super-middleweight champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Cleverly is not doing enough work. He let it slip in that round. I have Bellew 3-1 up."

Round four

Cleverly v Bellew

Rather like world champion Scott Quigg earlier in the night, Tony Bellew is happy to build the pressure with single punches. Will he bring out the combinations later in the fight? Will it get that far? Still fairly even but Nathan Cleverly is dropping his guard after his jab - stopping to showboat, too. Tony Bellew misses with a right, again Cleverly drops his hand and Bellew pins his opponent on the ropes, raining down the blows. The Bomber might have edged that round too.

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Chris McKenna ‏on Twitter: Cut opening further on Bellew. Could have a big say. Cleverly getting the better of the jab exchanges.