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News: Lihaug Signs, Cleverly-Corbin, Mitchell-Maduma

Nathan Cleverly will face Sean Corbin in his debut at Cruiserweight at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on May 17, live on Sky Sports.

Cleverly steps up a division and returns to the ring for the first time since August as he aims to get back on the World title trail, this time in the 200lbs division.

Guyana-based WBC Caribbean champion Corbin brings 17 wins with 12 KOs to Cardiff, and has travelled to Europe before to face Cleverly’s former foe Karo Murat, European champion Mateusz Masternak for the WBC International Silver title and Dawid Kostecki for the WBC Baltic title, promoter Eddie Hearn says that Cleverly begins life at Cruiserweight with a crunch battle to prove he’s ready to land big fights later in the year.

“I can't wait to see Nathan back in action at Cruiserweight,” said Hearn. “Corbin has only been beaten when he has stepped up to top level and will come into the fight with plenty of size and ambition. Nathan must win and look good doing so with so many huge fights just around the corner.”

Cleverly’s clash with Corbin is part of a huge night of boxing in Cardiff as Lee Selby faces Romulu Koasicha in an official eliminator for the WBC Featherweight title with the International belt on the line.

There’s a rematch between Welsh Lightweights Gary Buckland and Gavin Rees who served up a Fight of the Year contender in the same venue in February, and Liverpool’s Super Middleweight star Callum Smith defends his WBC International Super Middleweight title against Swansea’s Tobias Webb, plus action for Chris Jenkins, Dale Evans, Mitch Buckland, Robbie Turley and Alex Hughes.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £30, £40 and £60 ringside available from www.livenation.co.uk or by calling 02920 22 44 88, and from Sanigar Events on 0117 949 6699.

VIP Packages priced £120 are available from www.matchroomboxing.com or by calling 01277 359900.

Kevin Mitchell will face Ghislain Maduma in a final eliminator for the IBF Lightweight title at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on May 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office in association with Betway.

Mitchell is gunning for a second World title tilt after facing Ricky Burns for the WBO belt in September 2012, and has since bounced back into form with four wins, three inside the distance and landing the IBF Inter-Continental crown in the process.

Maduma is the undefeated NABF champion, and the impressive 29 year old brings a 16-0 record with ten wins by KO, and promoter Eddie Hearn is excited to host the huge fight for the Lightweight division on the Carl Froch vs. George Groves rematch bill at the national stadium with the winner set to face IBF king Miguel Vazquez.

“This fight carries huge risk but also huge rewards,” said Hearn. “I strongly believe that Kevin can beat Vazquez but he has a massive test in Maduma first at Wembley. Maduma is technically very good and can punch with both hands but Kevin has boxed four times in seven months and is ready to enter deep waters – it's going to be a cracking fight.”

Mitchell’s clash with Maduma is part of a huge night of action at Wembley, topped by Froch’s grudge rematch with Groves.

Jamie McDonnell faces Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat for the vacant WBA Bantamweight title, James DeGale clashes with Brandon Gonzalez in a final eliminator for the IBF Super Middleweight crown and Olympic Gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE faces a step-up in his sixth pro fight.

A further allocation of tickets for the fight go on sale at midday on Thursday, tickets will be available at SeeTickets.com or by calling SeeTickets General Public booking line: 0871 231 0838 (Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras). Tickets are priced at £100, £80, £40 and £30. Full details can be found at www.MatchroomBoxing.com

Froch and Groves go head-to-head for the first time since their fiery press conference at Wembley at Sky Sports’ studios this Thursday and sparks are sure to fly when they appear on Ringside at 6pm on Sky Sports 1 HD.

Team Sauerland are pleased to announce the signing of Norwegian super middleweight prospect Tim-Robin Lihaug.
 
The Bergen boxer has become a regular fixture at Team Sauerland’s Nordic Fight Night events and following his only career loss to date has impressed with a run of four straight victories including three knockouts.
 
‘’This is a massive opportunity for me and something I have worked really hard for,’’ said Lihaug, who trains under the guidance of Joey Gamache at Team Sauerland’s Copenhagen gym.
 
‘'There is still a lot of hard work to come but with Joey in my corner and Team Sauerland as my promoter I know I have a winning team that can guide me to the top.’’
 
‘’We are delighted to welcome Tim to our team,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’He is undoubtedly one of Norway’s brightest boxing talents and with our support and guidance we believe he can go on to achieve great things.’’

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