Nathan Cleverly, Britain’s only reigning world champion, will make a third defence of his WBO light-heavyweight title, a first in his native Wales, on 25 February against American Tommy Karpency.
With speculation still fresh over the potential for a summer showdown with American legend Bernard Hopkins, the fight with Karpency will be a chance to make a rare appearance in his home country before attempting to lure WBC champion Hopkins to the UK later in the year.
The unbeaten Welshman, who edged out Liverpudlian Tony Bellew in a thriller in October, will be hoping for an easier ride this time around- 25 year old Karpency lost a 2010 decision to Karo Murat- a one time Cleverly victim- and with three defeats in his 24 fight career will not be expected to threaten the WBO champion’s hopes of facing Hopkins.
Cleverly had hoped to tackle WBA strap holder Beibut Shumenov, however the champion from Kazakhstan appears more keen to hold any unification battle in the US.
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