WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly is excited to hear that Bernard Hopkins wants to fight him at last, but has promised to end the American ring legend’s career.
Hopkins, 48, has said that he wants to face the unbeaten Welshman later this year, but he must first take on IBF title-holder Tavoris Cloud in New York on March 9, while Cleverly defends his title a week later against Robin Krasniqi at Wembley Arena.
Both fights will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
Hopkins is aiming to break his own record of boxing’s oldest ever world champion by beating Cloud and Cleverly says Hopkins’ name is the one he wants stamped on his CV.
“It was great to read that Hopkins wants to fight me as I’ve been calling him out for a while and he’s the name that I want on my record more than any other,” said Cleverly.
“He’s a great fighter, a definite hall-of-famer, and the name that will take my career to the next level, but I’m confident in my skill and ability and know that if he fought me it would be his last fight,”
“It’s my aim to unify titles and I agree with what Hopkins said about every division should have one king and not wanting to walk around with three other people carrying world titles.”
“I hope he gets through Cloud and wins the title then we can look to unify the titles at the end of the year, if not, then I’d be happy to take on Cloud.”
Despite being lifted by talks of a mega-fight against Hopkins, the 26-year-old says he’s concentrating on getting Krasniqi out of the way and then has mandatory challenger Juergen Braehmer to deal with.
He added, “Krasniqi is the first and only thing on my mind at the moment. It can be distracting talking about bigger fights down the line and things can go wrong in boxing as it’s only takes one punch to make or break plans,”
“I’ve always said that I want to challenge myself against the best and I’m building towards that now. I’ve got Krasniqi and then Braehmer to deal with and then hopefully Hopkins.”
SCOTT QUIGG OVERWHELMED BY WORKSHOP RESPONSE
SCOTT QUIGG says he is buzzing with anticipation ahead of hosting his first ever boxing workshop at Hatton Health and Fitness tomorrow (Saturday March 2).
The undefeated Bury star, 24, will demonstrate his skills and pass on his knowledge to a class of eager keep fitters for three hours from noon.
Quigg is an ardent student of the game, but this will be the first time he has taken an official teaching role.
Places for the workshop went on sale just a couple of weeks ago and the response from the public has been little short of phenomenal.
"I'm overwhelmed by the number of people who want to come and learn a few tips from me," Scott said.
"It's great that I can help so many all in one day.
"I'm hoping to show people how they can use boxing as a way to live a happy and healthy lifestyle, but the main thing is that have some fun.
"Some people will probably be a bit nervous because they might not have been in a boxing gym before, but I'm sure I'll soon have them at ease.
"I've said before, if hosting days like this can help get people into boxing fitness then that can only be a good thing for the sport."
On completion of the workshop, those taking part will receive a signed a photograph.
If you missed out this time then do not worry. Martin Murray is taking time out from his schedule to host another Hatton Academy workshop on Saturday March 30.
Martin is currently preparing for the biggest fight of his life – a world middleweight title clash with Sergio Martinez in Argentina on April 27.
It’s a Done deal for Frank Warren
Frank Warren Promotions and BoxNation partner with BETFRED.com for Wembley fight night
FWP and The Channel of Champions BoxNation have teamed up with betting giants BETFRED.com for the Rule Britannia fight night at Wembley Arena on March 16.
BETFRED.com will be the official partner for the event billed as one of the biggest nights of British boxing this year.
BETFRED.com founder Fred Done said: “Rule Britannia will showcase the best of British boxing and I’m excited to be a part of it. We have some extraordinary boxing talent in this country so I’m looking forward to a night of explosive actions.”
Frank Warren said: ‘It’s fantastic news that Betfred.com will be partnering with us for what will be one the biggest boxing events to take place in the UK in recent years. ‘Rule Britannia’ at London’s Wembley Arena, will showcase some our very best boxing talent from all corners of the UK, and will see two out of three of Britain’s reigning world champions in action on the bill. Welsh dragon Nathan Cleverly faces the mandatory challenger for his WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship Robin Krasniqi, whilst Scotland’s WBO World Lightweight king Ricky Burns, attempts to become Britain’s only current unified world champion when he takes on IBF boss, Miguel Vasquez.”
Rule Britannia will be broadcast live from Wembley Arena on BoxNation (Sky Ch 437, Virgin Media Ch 546), Britain’s first and only dedicated boxing channel.
WBO World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns headlines the night in a sizzling unification showdown against tough Mexican IBF World Champion Miguel Vazquez.
Welsh star Nathan Cleverly, the WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion, joint headlines the card and will take on Serbian challenger Robin Krasniqi.
On the undercard is London’s George Groves, challenging for the Vacant European Super-Middleweight title against Senegalese fighter Mohammad Ali Ndiaye.
Groves will be joined by Cromer star Liam Walsh who will be defending his Commonwealth Super-Featherweight title and unbeaten record against Canadian challenger Logan McGuiness.
Dereck Chisora will have his first fight of the year subject to him being successful in reapplying for his British Boxing Board of Control license and will feature in a ten-round International Heavyweight contest.
Rule Britannia will be broadcast live on BoxNation from 7pm.