Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev brutally dethroned WBO light heavyweight titleholder Nathan Cleverly in the fourth round of a fight that left the home crowd at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales in stunned silence. Stephen Smith and Enzo Maccarinelli scored sensational knockouts on the undercard.
Vitali Klitschko, who has been busy in politics and nursing a hand injury, has been given until March to make the mandatory defense of his WBC heavyweight title against Bermane Stiverne.
RING junior welterweight champ Danny Garcia says of No. 1-rated Lucas Matthysse, who challenges him on Sept. 14: “If he’s not careful, he’s gonna get hurt.”
RingTV.com caught up with Nathan Cleverly a couple of weeks before the WBO light heavyweight titleholder’s clash with undefeated KO-puncher Sergei Kovalev. The 26-year-old Welshman spoke about a variety of things including the upcoming fight, his career to date, and his thoughts on the 175-pound division.
Fans give their two cents on Saturday’s Nathan Cleverly-Sergei Kovalev light heavyweight clash, heavyweight KO artist Deontay Wilder’s potential, upcoming British fights, Adrien Broner’s chances against the welterweight elite, and more, in this week’s Monday mailbag. Enjoy!
WBO light heavyweight beltholder Nathan Cleverly says his Aug. 17 title defense against Russian KO artist Sergey Kovalev will prove that he’s an elite 175 pounder and lead to the unification bouts that he’s wanted for the past three years.
From The Telegraph: Nathan Cleverly could face ring legend Bernard Hopkins by the end of 2013 if promoter Frank Warren’s plans for the unbeaten WBO light heavyweight champion come to fruition.