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Cleverly Targets Bernard Hopkins Directly After Krasniqi

By Edward Chaykovsky

WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (25-0, 12 KOs) is hoping to get a crack at Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs), who may face IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs) on March 9th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Cleverly will make a mandatory defense against Robin Krasniqi (38-2, 14KOs) on March 16th, but then he wants a shot at Hopkins.

“Hopkins has jumped to the top of the list, he’s the fight I want,” Cleverly said.

Cleverly realizes that a single bump in the road against Krasniqi will destroy his dream of facing the Hopkins-Cloud winner.

"I've got to perform and impress against this guy and that's going to set up the rest of 2013 then for the big unification fights... Everything will fall into place after this fight. If it all goes well with the Krasniqi fight, I would definitely like to fight the winner of Hopkins and Tavoris Cloud."

Cleverly was on his way to facing Hopkins when he fought in the United States in November with an eight round TKO of Shawn Hawk in Los Angeles - but then the WBO ordered him to fight Krasniqi within 90 days.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by cupocity303 on 01-01-2013

[QUOTE=ddangerous;12878546]Heard all this before. LOL at the Calzaghe hate. Even at 43, B-Hop was better than the vast majority of top light heavies. I didn't hear him being called a bum when he beat Pascal. Cleverly and Calzaghe are polar…

Comment by ddangerous on 01-01-2013

Heard all this before. LOL at the Calzaghe hate. Even at 43, B-Hop was better than the vast majority of top light heavies. I didn't hear him being called a bum when he beat Pascal. Cleverly and Calzaghe are polar…

Comment by cupocity303 on 01-01-2013

[SIZE="3"]If this is real, B-Hop better jump on this should he get past Cloud. Unifying the IBF and WBO would directly challenge Chad Dawson's rule of the Light-Heavyweight Division and make it interesting. The old man you just thought you've…

Comment by KnockUTheFukOut on 01-01-2013

Not sure B-Hop will get past Cloud to be honest

Comment by Kilrain on 01-01-2013

[QUOTE=Clegg;12877217]The guy in your avatar just fought a 43 year old Glen Johnson...[/QUOTE] Groves wasn't calling for the fight and viewed it as a formality. Whereas Cleverly is calling out Hop as if there's something to gain by beating him.…

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