Nathan Cleverly returns to Cardiff

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Welsh star Nathan Cleverly will make the fourth defence of his WBO World Light-Heavyweight title against the world ranked Ukrainian Vyacheslav Uzelkov. Undefeated Cleverly returns to Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday 27th October where he last defended his title against Tommy Karpency in February for his Welsh homecoming with a dominating performance.

Vyacheslav, who’s nickname is Steel Power, is based in Vinitza and is currently ranked number nine by the WBO, four by the WBA and seven by the IBF. As a professional he’s amassed a record of 27 wins from 29 fights with 16 stoppages – ten going inside the first three rounds – and is the current WBO Intercontinental champion.

He challenged current WBA World Champion Beibut Shumenov for his title in July 2010, flooring him in the second round with a big left hook, although Shumenov recovered to beat Uzelkov on points. As a stand-out amateur he faced David Haye at the 2001 World Championships in Belfast, taking the future world heavyweight champion the distance in the semi-final to lose on points.

Cleverly is looking to put on sparkling performance against Uzelkov to make up for lost time after he had to withdraw from a title defence in April because of illness. The 25-year-old from Cefn Forrest, who’s made title defences against Aleksy Kuziemski, Tony Bellew and Karpency, said: "I had a brilliant reception at the Motorpoint Arena in February which was my first fight in Wales for over four years and the fans came out to support me so it’s great to return again for another big fight night in the capital. Uzelkov’s ranked in the top ten of three of the major governing bodies and has already mixed it with Shumenov for the world title so I know he’ll be a hard defence for me. I’ve seen some of his fights already and he looks strong and come forward which will be perfect for me." He continued: "Every defence of my title is vital as I build towards a unification fight so I can’t afford to slip up against Uzelkov."

Bernard Hopkins

Bernard Hopkins

Promoter Frank Warren agreed terms with Golden Boy Promotions for Bernard Hopkins to face Cleverly, but the American later withdrew and he’s unlikely to fight again this year. Warren also offered the fight to Shumenov to put his WBA title on the line against Cleverly’s WBO belt in a unification contest in Las Vegas, but his team could not get a date on Showtime until next year. A further offer was made for Shumenov to come to the UK which he declined as he refused to travel here.

A huge purse was also put to IBF World Super-Middleweight Champion Carl Froch to move up a weight division which he turned down, as did Tony Bellew who rejected the offer of a rematch. Warren said:

"It’s proved frustrating as we had Hopkins lined up and then he pulled out and Shumenov didn’t want to come over here to fight Cleverly, plus Froch and Bellew didn’t want to know. While we look to make these fights Cleverly has got to keep busy as he hasn’t fought since February and Ulezkov is a tough title defence for him."

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150 and are available from the Motorpoint Arena Box Office on 02920 224488 and www.motorpointarena.co.uk

 You can visit the official Nathan Cleverly website here: http://www.nathancleverly.co.uk/

The Racing Horse will be visiting Team Cleverly later this week to gather all the very latest news meanwhile we will leave you with this question: What does Bernard Hopkins, Beibut Shumenov, Carl Froch and Tony Bellew have in common? Answer: None of them wants to fight Nathan Cleverly!

4 Responses to Nathan Cleverly returns to Cardiff

  1. Clive Joseph says:

    Yes Nathan is struggling to get those big names as opponents at this stage of his career he really needs to be looking for unification title fights, but i appreciate that’s easier said than done , and of course with his promoter Frank Warren parting ways with sky- sports makes it all the more difficult, if you’re aligned to sky-sports (like Eddie Hearn) they really are the only ones who can bank roll the massive fights. good luck to Nathan

    • Paul Moon says:

      Clive

      Boxing trainer Jimmy Bromfield and myself hope to watch Nathan spar next week and gauge the form he is in.

      We are huge fans of the way the Cleverly’s conduct themseleves and they are a credit to Boxing and to Wales. Will post our thoughts next week…

      Thanks for your comments

      Paul
      The Racing Horse

  2. Clive Joseph says:

    With a bit of luck i’ll also be at one of Nathan’s training sessions, either up in Bargoed or down in Darren Wilson’s gym ( Talbot Green ) last time i met Jimmy was march this year at the Alan Minter dinner, ( not sure if Jimmy remembers too much of that night ) what a night that was .

    • Paul Moon says:

      Clive

      Just met Jimmy Bromfield for a pint after he had been to a Charity Boxing Night. Was with Clive Price the comedian, Dennis Taylor the snooker player and our own Jeff ‘Bulldog’ Burns – had a great night apparently and had a nightcap before going home etc. He is a great boxing trainer. Did tell me about you at the Alan Minter dinner, all positive!

      We might see Nathan next Tuesday now if you are about? Would love to meet you etc…

      Best Regards

      Paul Moon
      The Racing Horse

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