Cheavon Clarke continues to go a little deeper in each pro fight but still finds ways to close the show.
The unbeaten cruiserweight battered Argentina’s Marcos Nicolas Karalitzky en route to a fourth-round stoppage win Saturday evening at Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, England. No knockdowns were scored in the contest but Karalitzky was unable to defend himself as referee Kevin Parker stopped the bout at 2:21 of round four.
Clarke turned pro earlier this February, seven months after representing Great Britain in the delayed 2020 Olympics last summer in Tokyo. The 31-year-old Jamaican cruiserweight based out of Gravesend, Kent scored a second-round knockout in his pro debut at The O2, where he returned in May to earn a third-round stoppage.
Saturday’s bout saw Clarke put in constant work against a durable Karalitzky, who had never been stopped in his previous fourteen fights. The 33-year-old Argentinean was no match for Clarke, aptly nicknamed ‘C4’ and who was explosive in his attack throughout the contest.
Karalitzky found his back pinned to the ropes attempting to fight back but which proved to be his undoing. Clarke landed crushing straight rights and right hand uppercuts along with left hooks as Karalitzky was battered and out on his feet. As much was recognized by the referee, who intervened to rescue the visiting journeyman from enduring any more punishment.
Clarke improves to (3-0, 3KOs), with plans from Matchroom Boxing to bring him back in November,
Also on the show, unbeaten heavyweight Solomon Dacres went ten rounds for the first time as he dominated Argentina’s Ariel Bracamonte in a landslide decision win. Judges Bob Williams (99-90), Marcus McDonnell (99-90) and Terry O'Connor (99-90) all scored every round in favor of Dacres who was deducted one point for a low blow in round nine.
The fight was one-sided, with Dacres picking apart the 305 ½ pound Bracamonte (11-10, 6KOs) but unable to drop the fleshy Argentine heavyweight. Dacres (5-0, 1KO) fought through fatigue in the second half of the fight but was still in control as Bracamonte walked forward but did little once on the inside where much of the action took place.
Bracamonte has suddenly become an opponent in demand. The 29-year-old heavyweight gained notoriety for going ten rounds in the comeback of disgraced heavyweight Jarrell Miller on June 23, following the Åmerican’s backdated two-year suspension after once again testing positive for a banned substance. His next outing wasn’t as pleasant, as Bracamonte was stopped inside of two rounds by 2020 Olympic Bronze medalist Frazer Clarke on July 9 at The O2.
The same show saw Dacres earn the second of back-to-back eight-round points wins before graduating to the ten-round stage. The 6’5” heavyweight from Warley, West Midlands went the distance on Saturday but not for a lack of trying to earn a knockout. Dacres frequently worked the fleshy midsection of Bracamonte. He strayed low once too often, however, as the 28-year-old was deducted one point for a low blow just before the bell to end round nine.
Headlining the show, Maxi Hughes (25-5-2, 5KOs) defends his IBO lightweight title against former IBF featherweight titlist Kid Galahad (28-2, 17KOs), who moves up in weight. Also on the show, WBA/IBO junior middleweight titlist Hannah Rankin (12-5, 3KOs) defends her crown against former WBC/IBO junior lightweight champ Terri Harper (12-1-1, 6KOs), who moves up three divisions after only recently campaigning at lightweight.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox