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British Boxing: Cleverly Wins, Francis Held To Draw In Swindon

Last night at Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon, England, two of the top light heavyweights in the UK saw action but had very different results.

Commonwealth kingpin Nathan Cleverly, 15-0 (5), continued to show excellent form while destroying big puncher Samson Onyango, 18-4 (12), of Kenya in a single round.

Onyango, nicknamed "The Hammer" came into the bout with the reputation of being a danger man but it was the sharply-skilled 21 year old Welshman Cleverly who landed the bombs to end the night early.

Cleverly has now retained his title for the second time, achieving a knockout result in both instances.

Current British and former Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Champ Dean Francis, 30-3-1 (24), had a much harder time as he was held to a draw after eight rounds in a non-title bout at cruiserweight by former British Masters Super Middleweight titlist Joey Vegas, 11-4-1 (4).

Born in Uganda but now residing in London, Vegas gave away ten pounds in weight to the 200 lb Francis but took everything the heavy-handed British Champ could dish out and had no problems finding the target.

Cleverly has reportedly been campaigning for a unification match against Francis but the 36 year old from Bristol is said to have cruiserweight aspirations and in particular, wants to face Wales' WBO Champ, Enzo Macarrinelli.

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