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Selby's title defence is off

The Barry boxer's IBF featherweight title fight against Jonathan Barros on Saturday night has been called off. The fight was due to take place in Las Vagas but the Nevada Athletic Commission has said that the Selby's Argentine opponent doesn't meet its requirements.

The 29-year-old was booked in on the undercard of Carl Frampton's WBA featherweight title clash with Leo Santa Cruz, with Selby eyeing up a bout with the winner if he did the business against Barros.

Barry boxer's fight is off Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images


Nathan Cleverly returns with 24-second knockout victory

Wales' former world champion boxer Nathan Cleverly took just 24 seconds to knock out Czech opponent Tomas Man on his return to action last night.

Nathan Cleverly wasted no time in knocking out Tomas Man at the O2 Arena. Credit: PA

It was the 28-year-old from Caerphilly's first fight since defeat to Tony Bellew at cruiserweight last November.

Nathan Cleverly is looking to rebuild his reputation after high-profile defeats. Credit: PA

Cleverly, a former WBO world light-heavyweight champion, is now hoping to challenge Juergen Braehmer for the WBA light-heavweight belt in September.


Cleverly: 'Tony Bellew will not hear the final bell'

Nathan Cleverly celebrates beating Alejandro Emilio Valori during their WBA Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title fight Credit: PA

Nathan Cleverly has vowed to step up his quest to become a two-weight world champion by disposing of Tony Bellew in their rematch in Liverpool on November 22.

The Welshman beat Bellew via majority decision in the same city in October 2011 but went on to lose his WBO light-heavyweight title in a knockout defeat to Sergey Kovalev last year.

Bellew also suffered a jolting loss at the hands of Adonis Stevenson in Quebec last November but the pair now campaign at cruiserweight where they hope to muscle back in on the title picture.

Nathan Cleverly (left) in action against Shaun Corbin Credit: PA

Many people have asked me why I am going back to Liverpool to fight Tony Bellew again and the answer is simple - I don't like him.

He talks too much and although I've beaten him before in front of his home fans, I am going to KO him this time around. He will not hear the final bell, I can guarantee you that.

I will deal with him all over again and become a two-weight world champion.

– Nathan Cleverly

There is clearly bad blood between the pair and Bellew insists he will claim a victory comprehensive enough to send Cleverly into retirement.

Tony Bellew celebrates win his WBO International cruiserweight title fight Credit: PA

I have been waiting for this fight for three years and now it is here revenge is the only thing on my mind.

This is a chapter in my life that I need to close and I will do that by ending Nathan Cleverly's career on November 22.

I am in the sport to be successful and win titles but this fight means more to me than any of that - this is personal, and he will not want to enter a boxing ring after I have finished with him.

– Tony Bellew

Cleverly confident of victory in Bellew rematch

Nathan Cleverly is set to fight rival Tony Bellew in Liverpool in November. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Caerphilly-born boxer Nathan Cleverly is set to take on bitter rival Tony Bellew in a rematch in Liverpool in November.

Their last clash saw Cleverly successfully defend his WBO World Light Heavyweight title in October 2011 and the Welshman is confident that he'll defeat Bellew again now they're both fighting at Cruiserweight.

I beat him in front of his people before and this time I'm going to knock him out in front of his people. There will be no final bell in this fight, it's going to be brutal.

– Nathan Cleverly

A date for the fight, to be held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, will be revealed next week.

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