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Cleverly Makes Weight, Then Jabs Hopkins and Cloud

Welsh hero Nathan Cleverly weighed in today under the light-heavyweight limit at 12st 6lb for his WBO World title defence tomorrow night at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena.

His American challenger Tommy Karpency came in at 12st 4 1/2lb.


 
Cleverly said afterwards, "That's all the hard work done so now it's roll on to fight night and I can't wait,"
 
"I've trained hard for the fight, my weight was great throughout the training camp and the results will show on the night with a knockout performance,"
 
"The Motorpoint Arena is going to be jam-packed and it's going to be an electric atmosphere like the days of Joe Calzaghe's big fight nights in the city,"
 
"It's my first fight here in over four years and the Welsh fans have really come out to support me and it's set to be a great weekend with the rugby and football going on as well,"
 
"I'm a winner and a champion and I intend on keeping hold of my belt on Saturday night."

Cleverly has told rival world champions Bernard Hopkins and Tavoris Cloud to make sure they turn on to EPIX this Saturday to watch him in action.

Cleverly's third WBO World Light-Heavyweight title defence will be televised live in America by EPIX and also on a jumbo-screen in New York's Times Square.

The unbeaten Welshman makes his long awaited 'Homecoming' at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena against American Tommy Karpency which is live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).

Providing the 25-year-old star comes through, his next target is the WBC World Champion Hopkins - at 47 boxings oldest world champion in history - who first takes on Chad Dawson on April 28 in Atlantic City in a rematch of their controversial first fight - which can also be seen live on BoxNation.

Cleverly said, "I was brought up to respect my elders and he's a legend of the sport so I'll refer to Bernard as Mr. Hopkins,"

"If Mr. Hopkins could stay up a bit later this Saturday, as I guess he retires to bed earlier these days, have a cup of hot cocoa and settles down to watch EPIX then he'll see his next challenger live on his TV,"

"I don't want to give him a nightmare as he's lost to one Welshman already in my former gym-mate Joe Calzaghe, which is no disgrace as he's Britain's greatest ever boxer, but if Joe was the master then Mr. Hopkins must now face the student,"

"He's got his unfinished business with Dawson to settle first and we'll see what happens, but I want to fight him,"

"He's one of the greatest champions in history and has made extraordinary achievements in the sport, but I want to be the best so I've got to face the best and that's Mr. Hopkins."

Unbeaten IBF title holder Cloud, who retained his title last week with a points win Gabriel Campillo, is also on Cleverly's radar.

Cleverly added, "I wasn't overly impressed with Could's last performance against Campillo and thought he may have lost it, he is probably the easiest to beat out there so I'd like to take his unbeaten record and IBF belt off him,"

"If Campillo was dropped twice in the first round, came back to cut up Cloud and win on one of the judges scorecards, what would I do to him? I would have too much speed, angles and work-rate for Cloud to deal with if we fought."

"I'm sure Cloud will be watching me on EPIX, but I don't think he'd fancy a fight against me."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by daggum on 02-24-2012

[QUOTE=SirTomJones;11818323]one mutual opponent cleverly and campillo have faced is Murat. Cleverly secured a 10th TKO victory. Campillo lost and drew with Murat. Hardly say Cleverly sucks compared to Campillo then can you? :ugh:[/QUOTE] triangle theory? good try. campillo clearly beat…

Comment by jtcs1981 on 02-24-2012

So he didnt attend to the class of not fighting abroad because you are afraid of flying or he will travel to the US to fight?

Comment by SirTomJones on 02-24-2012

[QUOTE=daggum;11818268]if campillo was able to bust up cloud imagine what he would do to him? um you suck compared to campillo.[/QUOTE] one mutual opponent cleverly and campillo have faced is Murat. Cleverly secured a 10th TKO victory. Campillo lost and…

Comment by daggum on 02-24-2012

if campillo was able to bust up cloud imagine what he would do to him? um you suck compared to campillo.

Comment by Spiegelo on 02-24-2012

Yeah he called out everyone but Dawson there... He should be careful when saying that name, Dawson already made it clear he's after the belt holders at 175.

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