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Exclusive: Hearn reveals Cleverly v Jack offer for US, awaits Mayweather reply

Phil Jay 04/04/2017

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On the back of former WBC super-middleweight champion Badou Jack and current light-heavyweight title holder Nathan Cleverly hoping to clash this year, promoter Eddie Hearn has commented to WBN on the current situation.

As reported earlier, contact was made between both parties regarding the fight as both men took to social media to declare their interest in the contest.

‘The Ripper’ asked Cleverly ‘where we at’ on his account, to which the two-time champion replied that he’s, ‘waiting on you guys’ to Jack and his team at Mayweather Promotions.

Hearn offered the following update on the proposed encounter.

“I’ve reached out to Mayweather Promotions a few times now to try and make the Jack fight but have heard nothing back,” Hearn exclusively told World Boxing News.

“We are happy to come to the States and give Badou his first shot at a light heavyweight world title, but they don’t seem keen so we are planning Nathan’s next defence as we speak.”

This news won’t be pleasing to the fans who see the fight as a solid one to make. Jack has moved up to 175 pounds from a celebrated reign at 168 pounds, whilst Cleverly successfully boiled back down to the lighter limit following a disappointing run at cruiserweight.

Cleverly is currently in possession of the WBA regular strap, whilst Jack is hoping to make an immediate impact seven pounds higher following his recent draw with James DeGale.

It all seems promising should Jack’s promoter Floyd Mayweather want to pursue Hearns offer.

As Jack is already ranked number five by the World Boxing Council on the back of his previous exploits, Mayweather could be looking at Adonis Stevenson despite the champion’s mandatory obligations.

Stevenson is lined up to fight Sean Monaghan before number one contender Eleider Alvarez gets his chance, mean ‘Superman’ is off the table for some time to come.

Three other belts are tied up in the Andre Ward v Sergey Kovalev rematch saga, leaving Cleverly as a sound option moving forward.

Although Cleverly has endured mixed fortunes inside the ropes since losing for the first time in his career against Kovalev in 2013, he has won four of seven and remains a big name at 175.

An entertaining reverse against Andrzej Fonfara would be deserving of a second helping should Hearn want to turn his attention to the Pole, although Cleverly may require home advantage in order to agree to any future rematch terms.

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