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Cleverly will fight Robin Krasniqi

Nathan Cleverly cleared to fight Robin Krasniqi in fourth defence of WBO light-heavyweight title Photo: PA

The World Boxing Organisation has confirmed that Nathan Cleverly can defend is light-heavyweight world title against Robin Krasniqi next month. The fight, which will be his fourth defence, had been in doubt after the governing body refused to sanction it, claiming he had been told he must fight his next defence against mandatory challenger Dmitry Sukhotsky, after beating American Tommy Karpency in February.

Promoter Frank Warren has been in regular contact with the governing body during the past week and was optimistic that the clash would go ahead as planned on 28th April.

It will be a Cleverly’s first fight in the iconic venue of London’s Albert Hall and the first World Championship boxing show to take place there for over a decade.

Speaking shortly after the fight was confirmed Cleverly said:

I was training for the fight anyway. I prepared as if I was fighting Robin Krasniqi. It's no real major change to me or the way i'm going to train, or the way I mentally prepare. It's just a matter of the fight is 100% definite now, I can get on with business.

– Nathan Cleverly, WBO light-heavyweight Champion

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