Harry Pratt

Cleverly wants to fight again in April

After his latest breeze of a title defense, WBO light heavyweight titleholder Nathan Cleverly is ready to go again – some time in April if he gets his way.

That, of course, will be up to manager Frank Warren and whether he feels eight weeks is a sufficient period of rest for the Welshman, who completed a 12-round whitewash of American Tommy Karpency in Cardiff last weekend.

Cleverly believes it is, and there is talk of a fourth defense at the legendary Royal Albert Hall, London, on April 28. Having failed to become the first person to stop Karpency – and make any statement to RING champion Bernard Hopkins and the rest of the 175-pound titleholders – Cleverly’s desire to set the record straight as soon as possible is obvious.

It would be great to box at such an historic venue like the Royal Albert Hall – and gain some more experience before a unification fight,” said the undefeated 25-year-old from Cefn Fforest, whose winning streak now stands at 24, including 11 knockouts.

It wasn’t a brutal fight against Karpency, so I’d be fine to fight in April – and then I will be ready for that unification fight come the summer. Bernard Hopkins would be my preference for that fight because he’s a legend and an absolute icon.”

Warren confirmed last Saturday that talks with Hopkins’s team of advisors are underway, but also conceded much depends on the 47-year-old beating fellow American Chad Dawson in Atlantic City on April 28.

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