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Cleverly Back on 8/17, Warren is Trying To Get Kovalev

Welsh hero Nathan Cleverly returns to action on Saturday 17th August when he headlines an action packed show at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena.

The unbeaten star will make the sixth defence of his title and he will have the added incentive of making a big impression in America as TV giants HBO will broadcast his fight.

The show will be televised live and exclusive in the UK on the Channel Of Champions BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Cleverly, 25, hopes that his challenger will be the sledge-hammer hitting Russian sensation Sergey Kovalev who is undefeated in 21 fights, 1 draw, and 19 knockouts - 18 of those coming inside three rounds.  He latest victim was Cornelius White last Saturday night who he dropped three times on-route to a third round stoppage.

Promoter Frank has agreed his side of the deal with HBO for Cleverly to fight Kovalev, but it is now down to Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva from Main Events to put pen to paper and sign for the fight with a confirmation either way expected later today.

The Welshman last defended his title in April, blitzing mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi at Wembley Arena and throwing in excess of a 1000 punches over the twelve rounds to win a unanimous decision.

He’s thrilled to return to the Welsh capital to defend his title there for the second time as a world champion after defeating American challenger Tommy Karpency in front of packed crowd at the Motorpoint Arena in February last year.

“It’s fantastic to come back to Cardiff in front of my home fans and defend my title.  The atmosphere was electric last time against Karpency and I gave the fans a great show, but it will be even better against Kovalev if he agrees to fight me.  I want Kovalev because he’s very dangerous, he can bang and the Americans are excited by him.  I want challenges in my career and Kovalev will give me that, I’d be excited to go in against a huge puncher and test my chin and heart.  But we’ll see if he fancies his chances or not.”

Warren added, “Everything is done my side with HBO, it’s now down to Kathy Duva and Main Events if they are serious and want Kovalev to fight Cleverly.  The date, venue and tickets are all confirmed, so the ball is now in their court and if they are confident in their man’s ability.  This is the fight that will make Cleverly’s name against the big-punching Russian, but I see Cleverly’s great chin and fantastic work-rate taking him to victory.  It reminds me a lot of Joe Calzaghe’s fight against Jeff Lacy when Lacy was the next big thing in America and was knocking everybody out until he met Calzaghe.  We’ll find out later today if he wants the fight.”

The show will also feature Swansea’s big-punching Enzo Maccarinelli who will challenge for a light-heavyweight championship title on the card as builds towards a second world title shot. The former WBO World Cruiserweight Champion has won a British title at light-heavyweight and controversially lost to Ovill McKenzie in a Commonwealth title challenge, but is determined to give it one last shot.

A talent-stacked undercard features some of the best young Welsh prospects including Blackwood super-featherweight Craig Evans; Tonypandy welterweight Lewis Rees and Clydach Vale middleweight Liam Williams.  All are unbeaten in under ten fights and will shortly be challenging for their first titles.  They represent the next generation of talent that will continue the rich history of Welsh boxing.

Ely star Francis Luke Robinson, son of former WBO World Featherweight Steve, will meet Dagenham’s Ediz Hussein over four rounds, plus Maesteg middleweight Aled Cook will make his professional debut on the show

Tickets, priced at £40, £50, £70, £100 & £150 are available now from:

Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Box Office

02920 224 488

http://www.livenation.co.uk/venue/3915/cardiff-international-arena-tickets

Eventim

0844 249 1000

www.eventim.co.uk

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Arsene Knows on 06-18-2013

[QUOTE=HeroBando;13481471]Lets have him secure one before giving out credit.. But again, no need for a huge name, just fight some decent contenders. If not this guy, pick a top 10-20 guy and not nobodies as usual. His highlight since winning…

Comment by Mr Ehrmantraut on 06-18-2013

Not happening, he's fighting a Cambodian frog dealer.

Comment by HeroBando on 06-18-2013

[QUOTE=Arsene Knows;13481457]Names? He's beaten Murat who was about to fight Hopkins. Bellew who's about to fight Stevenson. Krasniqi was a decent mando. Braemer ducked him. Hopkins, Shumenov and Froch turned down fights with him. Now he's trying to fight Kovalev.…

Comment by Arsene Knows on 06-18-2013

[QUOTE=HeroBando;13481443]There's about 50-100 spots between those 3 and the bums he's been fighting.[/QUOTE] Names? He's beaten Murat who was about to fight Hopkins. Bellew who's about to fight Stevenson. Krasniqi was a decent mando. Braemer ducked him. Hopkins, Shumenov and…

Comment by badnewsbrown on 06-18-2013

[QUOTE=HeroBando;13481392]This is Frank Warren man, there's usually a catch. Why would he put his #1 guy, undefeated and highly protected Cleverly against a guy that brings no money or name, except on message boards? And then you gotta buy into…

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