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Tony Bellew returned from his failed attempt to dethrone WBC Light Heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson in November to stop useful Russian Valery Brudov in the 12th.
Bellew, making his official debut at Cruiserweight, dropped his opponent twice but was badly buzzed in the 7th round by a straight right hand. Brudov let the local man off the hook by landing a low blow which allowed Bellew some extra time to recover.
Bellew managed to regain his composure and closed the show in fashion with a magnificent left hook with seconds left in the 12th.
Kell Brook stopped Mexican Alvaro Robles in the 8th of a scheduled 10 in his first outing since beating Vyacheslav Senchenko in October. Brook, unbeaten in 32, didn’t have it all his own way but managed to force the stoppage over the much smaller Robles.
Brook will now await the result of a proposed Shawn Porter v Paulie Malignaggi fight, scheduled for mid April to find out who he will be facing in an IBF world title fight in July.
Also in action on the Liverpool card was former world title challenger Kevin Mitchell. The Londoner wasted no time in dispatching overmatched Georgian import Mikheil Avakyan in 2 rounds. Mitchell is now hoping for a world title shot in his next fight.
Rocky fielding outpointed veteran trial horse Charles Adamu over 12 in a lacklustre and uninspiring performance. Fielding, who weighed almost 7 pounds over the Super Middleweight limit, lost his commonwealth title on the scales. Promoter Eddie Hearn has suggested an all Liverpool clash with British champion Paul Smith may be next for Fielding. Scores were 120-108 on all 3 judges cards.
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