Sykes v Walsh moved to April as Cleverly’s 200lb debut is delayed again

The British super-featherweight title clash between Gary Sykes and Liam Walsh has been handed a new date in the spring, according to the latest circular released by the British Boxing Board of Control.

The two had been due to fight in February at the Copper Box Arena in London, only for Walsh to pull out with an arm injury, and April 12 has now been put forward for the re-scheduled fight at the same venue.

Meanwhile, former WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly has once again pushed back the date of his cruiserweight debut after making the move up following the loss of his title to Sergey Kovalev.

Fights in February and March have both now fallen apart for the Welshman, who has already been out of action for almost five months since his ill-fated bout with Kovalev at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.

This preparation for Cleverly doesn’t bode well for venturing into a new weight class, especially as the the 26 year-old has to put on 25lbs to match the already bigger fighters in the division.

Rival Tony Bellew is all set to make his bow at 200lbs on March 15 in his hometown of Liverpool at the Echo Arena, the same venue where Cleverly scored his majority victory back in 2011.

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