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Old 10-29-2012, 07:52 AM   #1
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Default Cleverly needs a new opponent- step up Bellew?

FW is currently searching for a new opponent for Nathan Cleverly after Ryan Coyne has been forced to withdraw due to legal issues. The WBO have ordered that Cleverly face a fighter ranked in the top 15 in order for them to sanction the fight.

It may be very difficult for FW to find a ranked opponent on such short notice because the fight is still scheduled for November 10th.

Am I the only one who has a sneaky suspicion that FW may give Tony Bellew a call? He's currently in training to fight on the Froch undercard and he's ranked in the WBO top 15.

What do you think? Is it likely or will Cleverly end up facing someone else? If Bellew were offered the fight do you think he would or should take it?
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:00 AM   #2
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Default Re: Cleverly needs a new opponent- step up Bellew?

Not a chance Bellew and Matchroom are going the WBC route I think with Bellew plus Bellew v Cleverley will make more money over here than on a undercard in the US. Ideally ***** needs an american opponent or an opponent well known in america. Ideally someone like Pavlik would fill the void but its whether the WBO sanction the fight.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:03 AM   #3
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No way Bellew would take a fight at such short notice even though he is training for mid November. It will be a top fifty opponent over ten rounds.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:06 AM   #4
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Default Re: Cleverly needs a new opponent- step up Bellew?

I think FW would rather put his own mum in with Cleverly!

The whole legal dispute between them clearly bothers FW massively, in just about every interview with him I've seen recently he gets some sort of dig in.

Its also not over yet from what I read.

I'd really like the rematch, almost guaranteed to be a barn-burner, but I just can't see it happening unfortunately.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:06 AM   #5
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Default Re: Cleverly needs a new opponent- step up Bellew?

It won't happen because of the TV issue. Frank won't let Cleverly fight on Sky and Bellew won't want to fight on a BoxNation show, even if Hearn allowed it. I don't think either camp wants to work together anyway, even if it means losing out on a big payday. I would like to see a rematch at some point though and I think Bellew wins it clearly this time. He's improved as a fighter but the soft touches have made Cleverly regress. Bellew in an 8-4 type decision or possibly even a late stoppage.
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Default Re: Cleverly needs a new opponent- step up Bellew?

We don't need Bellew to come on and lie about how he is 2lbs over the limit and then 6 weeks later tell us he was 18lbs.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:07 AM   #7
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Default Re: Cleverly needs a new opponent- step up Bellew?

Why don't they go back in for Braemher now?
He's #2 and why aren't the WBO forcing a mandatory by now?Surely there's a time limit.
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At the WBO convention this fight told Dean Powell he was ready to step in and fight November 10th.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:21 AM   #9
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It'll be another bum, warran don't give a shit what we think, look what he's doing with burns.
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At the WBO convention this fight told Dean Powell he was ready to step in and fight November 10th.

More chance of me winning the lottery than Cleverley or ***** going near this guy!!!
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:24 AM   #11
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Default Re: Cleverly needs a new opponent- step up Bellew?

Why has he never had to face a mandatory?
I thought all governing bodies insisted on a mandatory after a certain length of time.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:37 AM   #12
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Why has he never had to face a mandatory?
I thought all governing bodies insisted on a mandatory after a certain length of time.
only the IBF.
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It won't happen because of the TV issue. Frank won't let Cleverly fight on Sky and Bellew won't want to fight on a BoxNation show, even if Hearn allowed it. I don't think either camp wants to work together anyway, even if it means losing out on a big payday. I would like to see a rematch at some point though and I think Bellew wins it clearly this time. He's improved as a fighter but the soft touches have made Cleverly regress. Bellew in an 8-4 type decision or possibly even a late stoppage.
Cleverly has only had one fight since. Christ, people love twisting the knife at every opportuinity. Nathan is doing fine. He has a huge career ahead of him
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:22 AM   #14
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Nathan Cleverly would beat Chad Dawson. This is the fight they should go for early next year.
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Cleverly has only had one fight since. Christ, people love twisting the knife at every opportuinity. Nathan is doing fine. He has a huge career ahead of him
there's your issue. plus it was a tame win over tommy karpency, he's tried to make fights with krasniqi, uzelkov and ryan coyne. I like Cleverly but his career has been a joke recently and looks like it will continue to be so. Sure ***** will keep mentioning Dawson, Hopkins Shumenov and Froch, but he has no intention of making these fights, history tells us this is true

and it wont be bellew because he's with matchroom and this would probably be a title fight not an eliminator or intercontinental belt so no interest from fast eddie
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