Craig Evans, Francis Robinson, Lewis Rees on Cleverly Bill
A trio of hot Welsh prospects feature on Nathan Cleverly's world title undercard next month, aiming to prove that they are future world champions in the making.
Unbeaten talents Craig Evans, Francis Robinson and Lewis Rees will take another step on the ladder towards championship titles at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on Saturday 25th February.
WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Cleverly headlines with the third defence of his title against tough American Tommy Karpency, his first fight in Wales for over four years and for the first time as a world champion.
The show will be televised live and exclusive on the New Undisputed Home of Boxing BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).
Cleverly learnt his trade on the undercard of Welsh world champions Joe Calzaghe, Enzo Maccarinelli and Gavin Rees and promoter Frank Warren is looking to do the same with the next generation of stars on Cleverly's shows.
Blackwood super-featherweight Evans, 22, leads the way and is unbeaten in five fights. He said, "The city is really buzzing again ahead of the big show at the Motorpoint Arena. It looks like the start of exciting times for Welsh boxing again and we are all going to show fans that we are the next champions. Calzaghe's fights against the likes of Charles Brewer and Byron Mitchell at the Motorpoint Arena and against Kessler at the Millennium Stadium were amazing and I want my name at the top in a few years time."
Ely light-welterweight Robinson, 21, son of the Wales' former WBO World Featherweight Champion Steve, is undefeated in three fights. He said, "For a small nation we have produced some of the best boxers to come out of Britain. I believe I've got the talent to become a world champion like my dad, Calzaghe, Maccarinelli and Cleverly and want to be headlining shows here in a few years time just like dad did. We've got the best boxing talent in Wales and we aim to show why at the Motorpoint on February 25."
Tonypandy light-welterweight Rees, 22, is trained by Gary "The Rocket" Lockett, the former WBU World Middleweight Champion. Unbeaten in two fights with two KO's, his all-action style has really impressed the media and public. "I used to come to all the big shows in the city when I was an amateur and I'm thrilled that I'm now going to be now fighting on them. It's my first fight as a pro back home so I'm bringing a good crowd to see me fight and put on a great show for them. My trainer Gary has given me plenty of advice from his fighting days and I'm really excited about this new era for Welsh boxing."
Another name to keep on eye on is Clydach Vale middleweight Liam Williams, who's trained by Cleverly's father Vince. He's only had one fight, but has big ambitions. He said, "I'll be world champion one day, for sure. I've got a long way to go, but that's what I'm in this sport to achieve. Training with Vince and alongside Nathan has given me that ambition and I know I can achieve it."
Remaining tickets can be purchased from the Motorpoint Arena Box Office on 02920 224 488 or online at www.livenation.co.uk/cardiff
Cleverly's WBO World Light-Heavyweight title defence against Karpency can be seen live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546) on Saturday 25th February. Join at www.boxnation.tv
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