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Nathan Cleverly: I Want Dawson, He Will Beat Hopkins

Welsh star Nathan Cleverly says he would like a unification fight against new WBC World Light-Heavyweight Champion Chad Dawson in Wales.

While Cleverly retained his WBO World Light-Heavyweight title in a thriller against British rival Tony Bellew at the Liverpool Echo Arena, Dawson controversially beat Bernard Hopkins to take his title with a second TKO at the Staples Centre in LA.

Dawson was declared champion after a confusing ending to the fight when he lifted Hopkins off his feet and down to the canvas in the second round, with the 46-year-old landing heavy on his left shoulder.  With Hopkins in pain and unable to continue, the referee then declared it a TKO win for Dawson and Hopkins bitter complained that it should have been ruled a foul.

Cleverly said, "I saw the fight live on BoxNation and although it was brief and not much action between them, I would fancy taking on Dawson at the Millennium Stadium next year,"

"Hopkins will probably want an immediate rematch with Dawson after that ending so that will hold things up for a while, but a Dawson fight is one I'd be confident in winning."

"My names in the mix with these guys as well as IBF Champ Tavoris Cloud and I'm confident my promoter Frank Warren can get one of them over here."

The world is wide open for the 24-year-old and he is also targeting a unification with the WBA World Champion Beibut Shumenov

He added, "Ideally I would like Shumenov next, but I've got lots of options, I'm still only 24 and there are plenty of big fights out there for me,"

"I've just come off the best win of my career, full respect to Tony, he made me dig really deep to win and you saw the best of me."

"It was exciting for the fans and viewers' on BoxNation and there's plenty more to come."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by S.J. II on 10-16-2011

Pascal is next. Cloud won't get any significant fight until he's out from under Don King. 2 years as champ and you've fought Glen Johnson, Zuniga, and Mack? :lol1:

Comment by SirTomJones on 10-16-2011

cleverly had an off night, might be worth noting that he a) claimed he didn't watch videos of Bellew b)fighting in a very hostile arena c) underestimated bellew I think Cleverly thinks he has bigger fish to fry than Bellew.…

Comment by hookoutofhell on 10-16-2011

was not impressed by cleverly i think he can give dawson a very good fight. but if the celverly that turns up last nigt faces dawson then i fancy dawson to take the UD

Comment by Boxingtech718v2 on 10-16-2011

Dawson wins this one easily but I'd rather see him fight Pascal or Cloud next.

Comment by Alx. on 10-16-2011

wow clev stepping it up, nice make it happen after the rematch

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