Welsh hero Nathan Cleverly returns to action on Saturday 17th August when he headlines an action packed show at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena.
The unbeaten star will make the sixth defence of his title and he will have the added incentive of making a big impression in America as TV giants HBO will broadcast his fight.
The show will be televised live and exclusive in the UK on the Channel Of Champions BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
Cleverly, 25, hopes that his challenger will be the sledge-hammer hitting Russian sensation Sergey Kovalev who is undefeated in 21 fights, 1 draw, and 19 knockouts - 18 of those coming inside three rounds. He latest victim was Cornelius White last Saturday night who he dropped three times on-route to a third round stoppage.
Promoter Frank has agreed his side of the deal with HBO for Cleverly to fight Kovalev, but it is now down to Kovalev's promoter Kathy Duva from Main Events to put pen to paper and sign for the fight with a confirmation either way expected later today.
The Welshman last defended his title in April, blitzing mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi at Wembley Arena and throwing over a 1000 punches over the twelve rounds to win a unanimous decision.
He's thrilled to return to the Welsh capital to defend his title there for the second time as a world champion after defeating American challenger Tommy Karpency in front of packed crowd at the Motorpoint Arena in February last year
The show will also feature Swansea's big-punching Enzo Maccarinelli who will challenge for a light-heavyweight championship title on the card as builds towards a second world title shot. The former WBO World Cruiserweight Champion has won a British title at light-heavyweight and controversially lost to Ovill McKenzie in a Commonwealth title challenge, but is determined to give it one last shot.
A talent-stacked undercard features some of the best young Welsh prospects including Blackwood super-featherweight Craig Evans; Tonypandy welterweight Lewis Rees and Clydach Vale middleweight Liam Williams. All are unbeaten in under ten fights and will shortly be challenging for their first titles. They represent the next generation of talent that will continue the rich history of Welsh boxing.
Ely star Francis Luke Robinson, son of former WBO World Featherweight Steve, will meet Dagenham's Ediz Hussein over four rounds, plus Maesteg middleweight Aled Cook will make his professional debut on the show.
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CLEVERLY CARDIFF RETURNWelsh hero Nathan Cleverly returns to action on Saturday 17th August when he headlines an action packed show at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena.The unbeaten star will make the sixth defence of his title and he will have the added incentive of making a big impression in America as TV giants HBO will broadcast his fight.The show w... Read more