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Cleverly-Shumenov: Las Vegas Venue Agreeable To Both

WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly has no issue with facing WBA king Beibut Shumenov on his home turf of Las Vegas in a unification clash. Preliminary negotiations have taken place between the two camps and Cleverly is targeting Shumenov's title belt. Cleverly would prefer to stage the fight in Wales, but Shumenov is pushing for a Las Vegas battle.

"Beibut Shumenov, the WBA world champion, he's next in my sights," Cleverly said to BBC Sport Wales. "So whether that's going to be in Wales or in Las Vegas, where he's based, we're yet to find out but wherever the fight takes place I'm really looking forward to that one. I want to fight the best to be considered the best 175-pounder in the world.

"Preferably I'd love a homecoming now in Wales, it has been a long time. So that would be my number-one venue, otherwise if we've got to travel to Las Vegas then so be it. We'll go out there and do the business."

Shumenov, originally from Kazakhstan, but now a Las Vegas native, prefers to stage the fight in his new hometown and doesn't appear willing to travel over to Wales.

"I told [IBO champion Jean] Pascal that I'm from Kazakhstan, he lives in Canada; so, we should fight in the capital of boxing, Las Vegas. Same goes for Cleverly, who is from the United Kingdom. I'm getting ready and looking forward to a fresh New Year. Hopefully, one of the other light heavyweight world champions will put his title belt on the line against mine in a unification fight in 2012," Shumenov said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by zimm2 on 11-25-2011

People gotta stop beating this Campillo thing.. **** happens and it is time to move on. Cleverly won his title by default so if we are gonna point fingers and call Shumenov a paper champ well..... Time to let it…

Comment by SAJ10 on 11-24-2011

Don't think Clev needs to grow a pair - he's already said he'd go to Vegas for this fight and have to homecoming after but wouldn't mind a homecoming fight now he's World Champ and hasn't fought in Wales for…

Comment by Tiger_Uppercut on 11-23-2011

Grow a pair clev... your homecoming will come soon enough, plus LV is boxing central barring MSG! froch had to fight on the road and now hes well respected both sides of the atlantic will be good for the rep...

Comment by giacomino on 11-23-2011

[QUOTE=qksilvr;11465117]Go Shumenov! Unlike a lot of others in the business, this guy walks the walk. He doesn't just talk. Look at his record and who he has fought in just 13 pro fights. Name me one other fighter who has…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 11-23-2011

[QUOTE=qksilvr;11465117]Go Shumenov! Unlike a lot of others in the business, this guy walks the walk. He doesn't just talk. [/QUOTE] He was given a gift decision against Gabriel Campillo.

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