Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cleverly's third Title Defence

Promoter Frank Warren has planned a big year for Welsh star Nathan Cleverly that could include a title defence at Cardiff City's ground in the summer followed by a unification showdown in September. The WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion from Cefn Fforest must first defends his title for the third time on Saturday 25th February at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena against American Tommy Karpency, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546). Hall of Fame promoter Warren has staged spectacular outdoor shows with Naseem's Hamed world title fight against Steve Robinson at Cardiff Arms Park and more recently Joe Calzaghe's super-middleweight unification showdown against Mikkel Kessler at the Millennium Stadium. Warren said that former two-time WBC World Super-Middleweight Champion Carl Froch would be an ideal opponent for Cleverly at the famous Cardiff City Stadium. "I would like to see Nathan fight again in early June at Cardiff City's ground in a big open-air show and if Carl Froch wants to step up a weight and fight him then I'd take that fight in a heartbeat, he's made for Nathan," Said Warren. "Then I'd be looking for Nathan to have a unification fight hopefully in September against one of the other title holders," "I aim to bring big-time boxing shows back to Wales regularly again and Nathan is the man to spearhead that," "Karpency is a hard fight for Nathan, but it will bring out the best in him and it will be a sparkling homecoming on February 25th at the Motorpoint Arena and live on BoxNation," "He's only had a few fights as a world champion since winning the title and first I want to establish him in Wales so the fans get to see their new star in action again," "Nathan's fought around the country in the last few years and showed a lot of grit and determination in going to Liverpool last time out against Tony Bellew so now he deserves a homecoming fight," "With Nathan it's about the right time and the right moment, picking up the experience and confidence, winning and unifying titles as we go towards bigger things." Cleverly, who is relishing his first fight in Wales in over fours years, said, "I aim to reignite Welsh boxing again and bring back the glory days when Joe Calzaghe was fighting in the city and I want to keep it going for a good few years," "I remember when I was boxing on Joe's undercard's and the buzz in the city on fight day was amazing, this is what I want to bring back," "Hopefully, as well, it will open the door for the talented young fighters on the card like Craig Evans, Francis Robinson, Lewis Rees and Liam Williams and give them great exposure," "Frank's got big plans for me and to fight at Cardiff City's ground would be a dream. I'm still only 24 and time is on my side to achieve a lot of things. I know the big super-fights will come, I've just got to keep putting on good displays and we are progressively getting there," "In the meantime I can't be complacent by taking my eye off the ball and let Karpency upsets the plans," "I saw Karo Murat's fight against Karpency when I was preparing for my fight against Murat and I saw that he's a southpaw, tough, rugged and strong and he'll come to have a fight with me, but I'll break him down and look good doing it.

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