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Hopkins vs. Cleverly Clash Eyed For July Date in London?

By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star

BOXING'S Peter Pan Bernard Hopkins is ready to fight Welshman Nathan Cleverly in London this July.

Hopkins - the fight game's oldest ever world champion at 48 - wants a world title unification fight with rival champ Cleverly above any other.

But WBO champion Cleverly, 26, must first get through unscathed against German Robin Krasniqi at Wembley on April 20.

Hopkins, who was in prison for armed robbery when Cleverly was born in 1987, claimed the IBF lightheavyweight crown against fellow American Tavoris Cloud a month ago.

Hopkins' promoter Golden Boy is trying to negotiate a delay on his mandatory defence against German Karo Murat - who Cleverly stopped two years ago - so he can take on Cleverly next.

B-Hop said: "Cleverly brings a lot to the table himself. He can fight and has the looks. He knows how to promote. I've been watching him and he's knocking on the door of superstardom.

"He is a threat to me and any other 175lb fighter.

"But I need to be at my best to beat him.

"I wouldn't mind taking that Cleverly challenge. It would interest me."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BoxingGenius27 on 04-07-2013

I like Cleverly a lot and have been really impressed with what I've seen so far from him. But I don't think he's ready for Hopkins right now

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 04-07-2013

Cleverly's strength in this fight will be his weakness as well he seems naive enough to just go out there and let his hands go no matter what the consequences even if he catches hard right counters in return which…

Comment by !! Anorak on 04-07-2013

I dunno where people get such comparisons from... while I DO think Bore Hard will Hopkinate Cleverly, Cleverly is a volume puncher, whereas Moby was a straight lines power puncher.

Comment by KnockUTheFukOut on 04-07-2013

B-Hop will ruin that kid like he did Pavlik

Comment by !! Anorak on 04-07-2013

[QUOTE=Bushbaby;13221499]If Hopkins unifies dis ole thang, he will have put himself so far out of reach of those other 2 atg's already so far behind him they might as well goone ahead and retire.[/QUOTE] By "unifies", do you just mean…

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