Cleverly vs Krasniqi Deal Reached With The WBO, 4/28

The World Boxing Organisation have now officially approved Robin Krasniqi as the challenger for Nathan’s Cleverly’s World Light-Heavyweight title on Saturday 28th April at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

After some uncertainty about Krasniqi last week when he was announced as Cleverly’s opponent, promoter Frank Warren and the WBO Championship Committee have resolved the situation and the Welshman will now proceed with the fourth defence of his title with the winner to face the mandatory challenger in 120 days.

It’s set to be a landmark occasion with world championship boxing returning to the iconic venue for the first time in over a decade.

Unbeaten Cleverly, 25, is hard in training for the WBO number four ranked challenger from the Germany based Serbian who has never been stopped in 39 fights.

He will also have the added incentive to put on a good performance with a potential fight against American great Bernard Hopkins in the works between Warren and Richard Schaefer.

Hopkins, boxing’s oldest ever world champion, will face Chad Dawson in a rematch for the WBC World Light-Heavyweight title in Atlantic City on the same night as Cleverly v Krasniqi, both fights will be televised LIVE and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546) in one big night of boxing.

Cleverly said, “I’m glad it’s all sorted out and I can now fully focus on Krasniqi for my title defence.  I wasn’t worried about it as I’ve faced and dealt with bigger problems in the past when I faced Aleksy Kuziemski at 48 hours notice when Juergen Braehmer pulled out so this was no trouble in comparison.  This is a hard test for me, he’s had 39 fights with only two early points losses and hasn’t been stopped before so I’m preparing for the hard twelve rounds, unless he goes early.  I need to win this fight in style as I want Hopkins in Wales.”

Warren added, “Krasniqi is a tough fight for Cleverly and it’s easy to look ahead to a potential Hopkins fight, but Cleverly has to look good and do the business against Krasniqi first.  Hopkins is in action against Dawson on the same night and Richard and I have had discussions about the winners, which hopefully should be Hopkins and Cleverly, fighting each other next.”

The show will also feature the Final Eliminator for the British Light-Middleweight title between Chislehurst’s Sam Webb and Manchester’s Matthew Hall; unbeaten Hatfield middleweight Billy Joe Saunders in a ten round contest; fast-rising super-middleweight Frank Buglioni - one of the hottest young talents around - who’s 3-0 with two first round stoppages; 2008 Olympian Bradley Saunders from Darlington follows up his successful pro-debut win with a six round contest at light-welterweight; welterweight prospect Bradley Skeete who’s unbeaten in six fights; plus top welterweights Dean Byrne and Freddie Turner.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by rzagza on 03-30-2012

Umm sorry Frank, but Hopkins isnt beating Dawson. Soo does that mean Cleverly would fight Dawson instead? Obviously no, that wont be happening. Cleverly isnt going anywhere near Dawson for at least 2 yrs. Warren wont allow that.

Comment by MujoHrnjica on 03-30-2012

Which idiots write these articles. Just as Huck and Licina are both ethnic Bosniaks and not Serbian, Krasniqi is an ethnic Albanian. Unfortunately the province (Sandzak) which Huck and Licina hail from is still under Serbian control and therefore mistakes…

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 03-29-2012

[QUOTE=Mikhnienko;11950594]Dmitry Sukhotsky is his mandatory and this is the 3rd or 4th fight in a row he been allowed to duck him. Cleverly is 100% phaggot[/QUOTE] Is that guy any good?

Comment by Mikhnienko on 03-29-2012

[QUOTE=gingeralbino;11948442]So if he wins he's gonna fight the Dawson Hopkins winner next, and his mandatory within 120 days. come on, just fighting the Hopkins Dawson winner was an unrealistic enough statement by itself ffs.[/QUOTE] Dmitry Sukhotsky is his mandatory and…

Comment by Hitman932 on 03-29-2012

Nothing worse in boxing than when a British Champion gets his hands on a WBO belt.

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