Cleverly pulls out of title defence due to virus

World champion Nathan Cleverly has been forced to withdraw from his WBO light-heavyweight title defence against Robin Krasniqi due to a viral infection.

The unbeaten Welsh star was scheduled to face Kosovan Krasniqi on April 28 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, but has been unable to train for his fourth title defence.

Schaefer wants to make Hopkins vs Cleverly

WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly’s chances of a showdown in the UK with American great Bernard Hopkins have been given a boost by Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.

Cleverly’s promoter Frank Warren and Schaefer, who promotes Hopkins, met in London last week to announce a big output deal for TV subscription channel BoxNation.

Bellew: ‘My opponent tougher than Clev’s’

Tony Bellew has poured scorn on rival Nathan Cleverly, saying that his British light heavyweight title fight against Danny McIntosh is tougher than the opponents Nathan Cleverly has faced for his world title.

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Krasniqi confirmed for Cleverly’s next defence

The World Boxing Organisation have now officially approved Robin Krasniqi as the challenger for Nathan’s Cleverly’s world light-heavyweight title on April 28 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

After some uncertainty about Krasniqi last week when he was announced as Cleverly’s opponent, promoter Frank Warren and the WBO have confirmed that the situation has now been resolved.

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Cleverly to defend title at Royal Albert Hall

Promoter Frank Warren yesterday announced the first world title show at the Royal Albert Hall in over a decade with British star Nathan Cleverly headlining the legendary venue on Saturday, 28 April.

Unbeaten Cleverly, who defeated American Tommy Karpency last month, will make the fourth defence of his WBO light-heavyweight title against the number four ranked Robin Krasniqi, subject to confirmation from the WBO.