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Nathan Cleverly Eyes Shumenov, Hopkins-Cloud Winner

By Edward Chaykovsky

Nathan Cleverly (25-0, 12KOs) has one fight on the agenda, when he makes a mandatory defense of his WBO light heavyweight title against Robin Krasniqi (39-2, 15KOs) on the 16th of March. Cleverly's promoter Frank Warren won the recent purse bid to stage the bout.

Once he gets Krasniqi out of the way, Cleverly wants a unification fight with WBA champion Beibut Shumenov or the winner of the fight between IBF champion Tavoris Cloud and Bernard Hopkins, who meet on March 9th in Brooklyn, New York.

"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, Shumenov is definitely in my sights and I would definitely like to fight the winner of Hopkins and Tavoris Cloud," Cleverly said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 12-22-2012

[QUOTE=Clegg;12841485]November 11, 2012 [URL="http://www.theboxingobserver.com/british-star-nathan-cleverly-eyes-bernard-hopkins-fight-after-easy-nights-work-in-los-angeles/"]Nathan Cleverly eyes Bernard Hopkins fight after easy nights work in Los Angeles[/URL] 26 February 2012 [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/feb/26/nathan-cleverly-hopkins-tommy-karpency"]Nathan Cleverly targets Hopkins after seeing off Tommy Karpency[/URL] 16 October 2011 [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/oct/16/nathan-cleverly-bernard-hopkins-tony-bellew"]Nathan Cleverly targets Bernard Hopkins after victory over Tony…

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 12-22-2012

[QUOTE=daggum;12843524]haha same exact thing calzaghe did for years and years. fight bums then pretend call out guys. cleverly will fight martinez when he turns 43 and win a split decision over him to seal his legacy.[/QUOTE] :lol1::lol1: bullet!!!

Comment by SAJ10 on 12-22-2012

Well he's beaten Bellew and Murat, hardly elite fighters but in the thin division are both around about the bottom end of top 10. Not fighting Braehmer wasn't his fault either but yeah I'm also very disappointed in the quality…

Comment by SAJ10 on 12-22-2012

Krasniqi is no:1 contender so his oppo is improving at least. He has to take this fight hopefully, Shumenov after that, then the big guns - possibly Hopkins if he's still continuing. Plenty of big fights after Shumenov. Also, no…

Comment by daggum on 12-21-2012

[QUOTE=Clegg;12841485]November 11, 2012 [URL="http://www.theboxingobserver.com/british-star-nathan-cleverly-eyes-bernard-hopkins-fight-after-easy-nights-work-in-los-angeles/"]Nathan Cleverly eyes Bernard Hopkins fight after easy nights work in Los Angeles[/URL] 26 February 2012 [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/feb/26/nathan-cleverly-hopkins-tommy-karpency"]Nathan Cleverly targets Hopkins after seeing off Tommy Karpency[/URL] 16 October 2011 [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/oct/16/nathan-cleverly-bernard-hopkins-tony-bellew"]Nathan Cleverly targets Bernard Hopkins after victory over Tony…

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