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 Last update:  10/26/2012       Read more by Miguel Rivera         
   
Nathan Cleverly Must Fight Krasniqi Next, Rules The WBO
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By Miguel Rivera

The World Boxing Organization has ruled that light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (24-0, 11KOs) must face a ranked opponent on November 10th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. If Cleverly is going to fight an opponent outside of the top fifteen, the WBO will only allow a ten round non-title bout. If the fight is going to be against a ranked opponent, then the winner will have to fight mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi.

The winner of the next Cleverly fight, if it's for the title, will have to start negotiating with Krasniqi in 30 days. Cleverly was going to face Ryan Coyne, but legal issues are going to prevent that fight from taking place. Even against Coyne, the WBO will not approve the match as a title fight because Coyne is not ranked in the top fifteen.

And the WBO approved Sauerland's request for an eliminator between Juergen Braehmer and Eduard Gutknecht. The winner of that fight will face Cleverly or Krasniqi in 2013.

Tags: Nathan Cleverly , Cleverly-Krasniqi , Cleverly vs Krasniqi , Robin Krasniqi



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How come Don didn't care when Coyne fought on September 22nd?
comment by cubfan300, on 10-26-2012
Coyne has already fought once outside the King banner. I believe if the precedent has been set, it is kind of child's play to complain that Coyne took his ball and went home....and....already started a new game.

comment by Fetta, on 10-26-2012
[QUOTE=Gooch999]It's amazing how these governing bodies bully the likes of Cleverly etc into unification fights yet Floyd's held the welterweight title for what a year now and no-one's mentioned a thing.[/QUOTE]maybe they can give him "champion of the decade" belt....oh wait someone else already ...

comment by Gypsy John Fury, on 10-26-2012
Only a few months ago the WBO rejected Krasniqi as a defence for Clev!!! Now he MUST fight him?! Rankings can't have changed THAT much since surely??

comment by D-MiZe, on 10-26-2012
It's 2 weeks away, who's going to accept that in the top 15?

comment by mattf, on 10-26-2012
[QUOTE=Clegg]Seriously? The WBO gave Clev a belt without him having to fight for it and since then he's been allowed to fight one hand-picked opponent after another, now he's being bullied because the WBO finally want him to fight someone in the top 15, come on now.[/QUOTE] Have to agree.........

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