Is Nathan Cleverly the next pound-for-pound superstar?

cleverly79Nurten Sen: If you were fortunate enough to have switched over from the circus at Madison Square garden and watched Nathan Cleverly vs. Robin Krasniqi, you might already know what I’m goıng to talk about. I noticed that some writers have suddenly become very quiet about Cleverly (26-0, 12kos), more specifically the ones who doubted him.

Had they tuned in, or later watched online even (as I’m certain they have, if they actually like boxing), then they couldn’t look you in the eye and honestly say that the young Brit hasn’t sent a major message to the boxing world. One might say the lack of analysis of his performance by naysayers indicates to how much of a degree they are concerned, and if they have a racial or nationalistic axe to grind then I think this is how they should feel. Concerned, very concerned.

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Nathan Cleverly treats Robin Krasniqi like a sparring partner

cleverly4By Mark Calooke: Robin Krasniqi (39-3, 15 KO’s) seemed confident in the build up. As the number #1 WBO contender he saw WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly’s (26-0, 12 KO’s) title ripe for picking pm Saturday night at the Wembley Arena, in Wembley, London, United Kingdom. Cleverly defeated Krasniqi by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 119-109, 120-108, 120-108. How wrong could he have been. The fans didn’t seem to mind watching their man dominate.

Krasniqi stuck in there until the very end, but only because Cleverly stopped looking for the knock out. In fact he seemed bored. It would have been nice to see him keep concentration because he ended up taking more punches than he needed to.

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Cleverly decisions Krasniqi; Walsh defeats Harrison; Chisora stops Avila

krasniqi22By Scott Gilfoid: WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (26-0, 12 KO’s) retained his title tonight with a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision win over his #1 WBO challenger Robin Krasniqi (39-3, 15 KO’s) at the Wembley Arena, in Wembley, London, United Kingdom. The final judges’ scores 120-108, 119-109, and 120-108.

I don’t agree with the scores because I had Krasniqi winning from two to three rounds of the fight. He was teeing off on Cleverly in the 6th and 7th rounds, and there’s no way you can give Cleverly every round when you look at what Krasniqi was doing to him in those rounds.

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Prediction: Krasniqi defeats Cleverly tonight

krasniqi2By Scott Gilfoid: Tonight I think the boxing world is going to see a minor upset with #1 WBO Robin Krasniqi (39-2, 15 KO’s) defeating WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (25-0, 12 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Wembley Arena in London, UK.

I don’t see it as upset because I never rated Cleverly to begin with, but a lot of his fans and the writers may it that way. Fortunately, I have my eyes open and have seen how talented the 26-year-old Krasniqi is and I see him having far too many skills for the slow, and weak punching Cleverly to win.

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Cleverly vs. Krasniqi and Chisora vs. Avila this Saturday in London

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By Thomas Cowan: WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly faces #1 challenger Robin Krasniqi this weekend at Wembley Arena, London. Krasniqi has been extremely carefully matched in his career, mostly fighting journeyman in four, six and eight round fights. You can tell Krasniqi’s opponents have been poor because it’s taken him 38 consecutive wins build his way up to a mandatory spot.

I’m expecting Cleverly to beat Krasniqi because I don’t think the German-based Kosovan has ever been in with anyone even nearly as good as Cleverly. I’ve watched Krasniqi’s last four fights where he’s knocked out all four opponents and although he’s looked impressive I thought all the fighters he faced looked very easy to hit.

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Cleverly: I’m going to tear Krasniqi apart

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By Scott Gilfoid: The light hitting WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (25-0, 12 KO’s) is suddenly promising to give his much harder hitting opponent #1 WBO Robin Krasniqi (39-2, 15 KO’s) a beating this Saturday night in their fight at the Wembley Arena in London, UK.

I’m not sure what got into Cleverly and gave him the ideas that he can punch with the hard hitting German fighter but I think he’s going to be making a major mistake if he does try and do that.

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British fights this weekend: Cleverly-Krasniqi, Fury-Cunningham & Chisora-Avila

cleverly6By Lee Smith: There are a couple of Brits fighting this weekend in some interesting fights. All are at different stages in there career and if any of them were to lose then there careers would be taking a huge huge step back. However, I am predicting that won’t happen.

Derek Chisora is fighting virtually unknown Argentinian Hector Alfredo Avila in a comeback fight having lost his last 3 fights. Chisora is actually a lot better than his 15-4 record shows; having only lost to top class opposition. He is a former British and Commonwealth champion. When he was just 14-0, he signed to fight Wladimir Klitschko for the World Title. The fight never took place and Chisora eventually lost the titles to now World Title Contender Tyson Fury on Points.

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Cleverly vs. Krasniqi & Chisora vs. Avila this Saturday at Wembley Arena in London, UK

cleverly3By Scott Gilfoid: WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (25-0, 12 KO’s) will be defending his title this Saturday night against the dangerous #1 WBO contender Robin Krasniqi (39-2, 15 KO’s) at the Wembley Arena in London, UK. Also on the card is the struggling British heavyweight Dereck Chisora (15-4, 9 KO’s) facing Hector Alfredo Avila (20-12-1, 13 KO’s) in a make or break fight for Chisora, who is quickly heading into journeyman territory with his four losses in his last five fights.

I don’t particularly care too much for the mismatch between Chisora and Avila. Chisora has been given a weak enough opponent to where he shouldn’t lose, but you never can tell with him because he’s looked god awful lately.

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Chisora regains boxing license; fights on Cleverly-Krasniqi undercard

chisora34By Scott Gilfoid: Former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora (15-4, 9 KO’s) has regained his British boxing license from the British Boxing Board of Control, and he’s now set to fight on the April 20th Nathan Cleverly vs. Robin Krasniqi undercard at the Wembley Arena in London, UK.

There still isn’t an opponent for Chisora to face on that date, and given the short amount of time before the fight date you’ve got to figure it’s going to be an easy 2nd tier opponent for Chisora to beat up on.

The April 20th card has already taken two huge hits with George Groves and Ricky Burns pulling out to join Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport promotional stable.

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Cleverly still dreaming about a big fight against Hopkins

cleverly1223By Scott Gilfoid: WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (25-0, 12 KO’s) for some reason can’t let go of his dream of facing 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins one of these days. I don’t know why but Cleverly just can’t forget about this fight, even though it’s painfully obvious that’ll never ever happen aside from in his dreams.

Cleverly said to the BBC “It is great to read that Hopkins wants to fight me as I’ve been calling him out for a while now and he’s the name that I want on my record more than any other…and the name that will take my career to the next level…if he fought me it would be his last fight.”

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