Posted on 22 April 2013 in Interviews
St Helens middleweight Martin Murray enters his WBC World title challenge to Sergio Gabriel Martinez on Saturday as one of the biggest underdogs in British ring history. Though undefeated in 26 contests himself (one draw) and a one-time tenant of the British, Commonwealth and WBA 'interim' belts, the 30 year old six footer is not only forced to travel roughly 7000 miles to the champion's hostile home court, he will be confronting a ring master who has met with defeat just once –by controversial majority decision – in the last 13 years.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen and a warm welcome to Wembley Arena for an evening of world championship boxing. The WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly headlines tonight's show with the fifth defence of his title against mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi. It's a big night for Cleverly and an important must-win fight for him as unification fights against the other champions lie in wait.
Posted on 20 April 2013 by Frank Warren in Frank Warren's Column: The Sun
WBO light-heavyweight king Nathan Cleverly begins his 2013 campaign tonight aware that it could conclude with him recognised as the world's premier 175lb fighting man. Last year 'Clev' was restricted to just two starts but both significantly enhanced his profile. In February, in his overdue homecoming at Cardiff 's Motorpoint Arena, the Welshman schooled Pennsylvania southpaw Tommy Karpency, winning every round on every card.
Posted on 19 April 2013 in LIVE on BoxNation
Their contrasting styles promise to make for a really good fight. You've got Alvarez who's very strong and powerful against a classy counter punching southpaw in Trout. Despite his youth, Alvarez definitely appears to have the physical edges. He's a much harder puncher than Trout, and a much harder puncher than Miguel Cotto who Trout beat last time.
WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly weighed-in just under the limit at 12st 6 1/2lbs (174lbs) and mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi came lighter at 12st 5lbs (173lbs) for their big fight tomorrow night at Wembley Arena.
Posted on 18 April 2013 in Press Releases
With his British licence restored, enigmatic Finchley heavyweight Dereck Chisora can finally commence his rebuilding process this Saturday. The always captivating and charismatic 'Del Boy' returns in an international 10 rounder against Argentina's decent Hector Alfredo Avila.
WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly says beating Robin Krasniqi at Wembley Arena on Saturday night will be his best win yet. Undefeated Cleverly rates his 10th round stoppage of then unbeaten Karo Murat - who fights IBF king and American great Bernard Hopkins in July - two and half years ago as his most impressive so far and his schooling of Tony Bellew comes a close second.
We last saw you on the Haye-Chisora undercard at Upton Park last July. In your debut at lightweight, you captured the WBO European crown with a conclusive eighth round stoppage of Italy's Domenico Urbano. How do you assess your performance and how did you feel with the additional five pounds on your frame?
The time has come for WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly to finally stake his claim as the world's leading light-heavyweight. On Saturday evening the boxing boffin – a maths graduate from Cardiff University – headlines Frank Warren's huge 'Rule Britannia' promotion at Wembley Arena in a tough mandatory defence against rising German based Kosovan Robin Krasniqi.
One-time world amateur medallist Joe Murray has endured a frustrating time since vaulting to the paid code in March 2009. The 2008 Beijing Olympian has been restricted to just a dozen wins (five early) and is yet to debut at meaningful championship level.