Contrary to reports, Nathan Cleverly does not have to face Robin Krasniqi in his very next bout and could have a ten-round non-title outing at the very least when the Welshman fights in the US in two weeks time, according to his father and trainer Vince.
Cleverly, who currently holds the WBO light-heavyweight title, has to face mandatory challenger Krasniqi in the near future and there have been some worries that the 25 year-old could be stripped of his belt. This is unlikely to be the case says Vince, who believes that his son will have the leeway to either defend his title against another opponent or fight on November 10 without putting his title on the line.
“Although we don’t have official confirmation of what is happening with our opponent, I do know that Nathan will not lose his title,” Vince clarified to World Boxing News.
“He will at the worse just have a ten round non-title fight and then move on to the mandatory for his next fight.”
The Cefn Forest champion has somewhat been left in the lurch by a contract dispute involving proposed opponent Ryan Coyne and Don King, which had scuppered his original plans to fight ‘The Irish Outlaw’ on the Mares v Moreno undercard.
Promoter Frank Warren is currently in the process of finding a replacement, with an announcement expected by next week as to who will oppose Cleverly at the Staples Center and whether or not his belt will be on the line.