The fights are over, and for those in the UK who managed to stay awake to see the Darren Barker vs Daniel Geale fight, the night certainly ended better than it began. Tonight in Cardiff, Wales Sergey Kovalev battered and stopped former champion Nathan Cleverly in round four. Kovalev was in control from the very beginning and Cleverly never seemed to be able handle the speed and power of the Russian fighting machine. Kovalev, who once thought of retiring from boxing after killing a challenger, is now the light heavyweight champion of the world. The future for Kovalev looks very bright and I will be looking forward to seeing him challenge the winner of the Adonis Stevenson vs Tavoris Cloud match in September.
In Atlantic City tonight, Darren Barker upset the now former unified middleweight champion Daniel Geale. This was Barker’s second chance at a world title and he made the most of it. Barker was dropped in the 6th round by a hellacious body shot and appeared to be finished, he made it up at the count of nine and finished the fight. The fight was very close and could have gone either way, I personally thought that Geale had done enough to get the close decision win, but never the less, we now have a new IBF middleweight champion of the world. The judges scored the bout 114-113 for Geale, 116-111 for Barker, and 114-113 for Barker.