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Nathan Cleverly switches Cardiff title defence to Los Angeles

Oct 6 2012

WORLD champion Nathan Cleverly has revealed why he has swapped this month’s proposed title defence for a bid to crack America.

The 25-year-old WBO light-heavyweight champion was set to fight Ukrainian Vyacheslav Uzelkov in Cardiff on 27 October but will now make his fourth title defence in Los Angeles on 10 November.

Cleverly will now fight on a card alongside WBC super-bantamweight champion Abner Mares and IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz against an unnamed opponent.

“It’s a dream come true to defend my world title in America,” Cleverly said.

“On such a big show it takes my career to a whole new level, it’s a golden opportunity to make a big statement that I’m the leading man in the light-heavyweight division.

“It will be exciting and challenging to get the recognition of the American fans and media and prove to them that I’m the real thing.

“Of course, I love fighting and headlining in front of my Cardiff home fans, but this shows that I’m not scared to leave my home comforts and risk my title by putting it on the line in another country, that’s what being a world champion is all about, I relish the challenge.

“It’s a big test in my career, but I’m ready and won’t be overawed. I think that this will give my performance a sharper edge because I’m not at home and the pressure to perform will be on me.”

Cleverly is keen for unification fights with WBA light-heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov and IBF light-heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud and hopes his American trip will put pressure on them to agree to face him.

“We’ve been trying hard to get Shumenov and Cloud to come over here and fight me but they’ve been reluctant to make the trip, so if they won’t come to me I’ll go over there and fight them,” added.

“I’ll go to their own territory and embarrass them into facing me.”

American great Bernard Hopkins and IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch – who would have to face Cleverly at a catch-weight – have also been approached as potential opponents.

While Cleverly’s proposed defence against Uzelkov at the Motorpoint Arena in October now off, his promoter Frank Warren indicated that the venue could be used for another title defence in early 2013 assuming the Welshman sees off his Los Angeles opponent in Los Angeles, who will be named shortly.

“I’m delighted that Nathan has got the opportunity to showcase his talent in America at this stage of his career,” said Warren.

“He’s eager to show the American fans what he’s made of and a win will set up big unification fights next year.”

Cleverly has also indicated he would like to use Cardiff City Stadium, the home of the Cardiff City Football Club he supports, as a venue for a title defence sometime in summer 2013.

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Smelodies's Photo Smelodies 06 Oct 2012

Can this kid fight? All indication is that Hopkins wants to end his career after taking his belt.
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Menty's Photo Menty 06 Oct 2012

View PostSmelodies, on 06 October 2012 - 10:42 AM, said:

Can this kid fight? All indication is that Hopkins wants to end his career after taking his belt.

Euro level - I would pick even the current version of Hopkins to beat him
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hitman_hatton1's Photo hitman_hatton1 06 Oct 2012

yeah he struggled at distance with bellew.

hops is better at distance than bellew for sure. :cool2:
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hitman_hatton1's Photo hitman_hatton1 06 Oct 2012

unlike warren to ditch a domestic show.

getting desperate in his old age. :P
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Menty's Photo Menty 06 Oct 2012

View Posthitman_hatton1, on 06 October 2012 - 11:30 AM, said:

unlike warren to ditch a domestic show.

getting desperate in his old age. :P

I guess its cheaper for fish eyes to stick Cleverly on somebody elses show than financing the entire thing himself.
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