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WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly will fight undefeated Russian Sergey Kovalev at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena later this summer.
The date for Cleverly's next fight was announced earlier this week - 17 August - but his opponent not confirmed until today.
Cleverly's promoter Frank Warren says he has been in negotiations with HBO, who want to screen the fight, for over a month, but the Welsh fighter may now have to find another opponent to take on in what will be his second fight at the Cardiff venue.
Kovalev, 30, is one of the hottest fighters in the 168lb division, knocking out his last five opponents.
Nathan Cleverly will make his sixth world title defence at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on August 17, but the identity of his opponent remains up in the air.
Cleverly, the WBO light heavyweight champion, had agreed in principle to fight Sergey Kovalev, but the IBF today ordered title holder Bernard Hopkins to fight the Russian after he became mandatory challenger following his knockout win over Cornelius White last Friday.
Kovalev must now decide whether he wants to take on Cleverly in Wales, or Hopkins in the United States next.