Trinidad and Tobago-based Guyanese boxer Shawn Corbin lasted just two rounds in his cruiserweight fight against former World Boxing organisation (WBO) light-heavyweight holder Welchman Nathan Cleverly (27-1) in Cardiff, Wales, yesterday. The boxers were competing for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental cruiserweight belt.
Cleverly, 27, was making his cruiserweight debut against WBC Caribbean champion Corbin when he scored a second round knockout to win the scheduled 12-round bout.
Cleverly had not fought since losing his title, a fourth-round stoppage to Russian Sergey Kovalev in August 2013.
Up until the stoppage, yesterday’s fight was described as close before the concluding blows.
Cleverly had softened Corbin up with an uppercut, and from then on, it was one-way traffic. Corbin (17-5) was competitive in both rounds, but was in trouble after a huge right uppercut from Cleverly landed cleanly.
With Cleverly in complete control and after several unanswered punches, a couple of which were huge, the referee called off the fight.
In round one, Cleverly started positively with a couple of jabs, but Corbin countered the Welshman well enough in a messy round where the Briton probably edged the round.