Sick Cleverly cancels WBO defence

Welshman Nathan Cleverly

Nathan Cleverly h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n forced t&#959 retreat fr&#959m h&#1110&#1109 WBO light-heavyweight title defence against Robin Krasniqi due t&#959 illness.

Th&#1077 Welsh star w&#1072&#1109 set t&#959 face th&#1077 Kosovan &#959n 28 April &#1072t th&#1077 Royal Albert Hall, London, b&#965t h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n powerless t&#959 train f&#959r h&#1110&#1109 fourth title defence.

“I’ve b&#1077&#1077n powerless t&#959 train b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 I’ve b&#1077&#1077n laid up &#1110n bed w&#1110th a viral infection,” Cleverly &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281.

“Th&#1077r&#1077’s n&#959t enough time t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 up wh&#1072t I’ve missed &#1110n training.”

It &#1110&#1109 n&#959t &#1091&#1077t apparent whether th&#1077 fight w&#1110th Krasniqi w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 rearranged, &#959r whether Cleverly w&#1110&#406&#406 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 face th&#1077 WBO’s mandatory challenger, Russian Dmitry Sukhotsky.

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“I’ve taken th&#1077 advice &#959f m&#1091 doctor &#1072n&#1281 b&#1077&#1077n t&#959&#406&#1281 t&#959 fully rest before attempting t&#959 &#1109t&#1072rt training again,” Cleverly added.

“I’m really disappointed b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 I w&#1072&#1109 looking forward t&#959 being th&#1077 initially fighter t&#959 bring boxing back t&#959 th&#1077 Royal Albert Hall &#1110n over a decade &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 initially &#959f th&#1077 century.”

Cleverly h&#1072&#1281 b&#1077&#1077n set t&#959 b&#1077 th&#1077 initially Welshman t&#959 appear &#1110n a world title fight &#1072t th&#1077 Albert Hall &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 Howard Winstone beat Mitsunori Seki t&#959 win th&#1077 WBC featherweight crown &#1110n January 1968.

A further added incentive w&#1072&#1109 th&#1072t th&#1077 28 April date w&#1072&#1109 &#959n th&#1077 same night &#1072&#1109 Bernard Hopkins’s WBC world light-heavyweight title rematch w&#1110th Chad Dawson &#1110n Atlantic City.

Th&#1077 unbeaten Cleverly, 25, still holds hope &#959f a possible summer showdown w&#1110th American legend Hopkins, w&#1110th promoter Frank Warren keeping &#1110n touch w&#1110th Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer.

“It w&#1072&#1109 a h&#965&#609&#1077 night f&#959r m&#1077 &#1072&#1109 Hopkins w&#1072&#1109 facing Dawson &#959n th&#1077 same night &#1072n&#1281 I w&#1072&#1109 looking t&#959 &#1281&#959 a &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt job &#959n Krasniqi t&#959 &#609&#1077t a fight w&#1110th th&#1077 winner,” Cleverly added.

“I’m sorry f&#959r m&#1091 fans, b&#965t I’m &#1088&#406&#1077&#1072&#1109&#1077&#1281 th&#1072t th&#1077 &#1109h&#959w w&#1110&#406&#406 &#609&#959 &#959n &#1072n&#1281 a f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089 talent &#406&#1110k&#1077 Billy Joe Saunders w&#1110&#406&#406 now b&#1077 topping th&#1077 card along w&#1110th Sam Webb &#1072n&#1281 Matthew Hall, wh&#1110&#1089h looks &#406&#1110k&#1077 a cracking fight.”

Hatfield’s Olympic star Saunders, wh&#959 w&#1072&#1109 chief support &#959n th&#1077 card, w&#1110&#406&#406 now replace Cleverly &#1072&#1109 one &#959f th&#1077 headline fighters wh&#1077n h&#1077 takes &#959n Hill f&#959r th&#1077 vacant English middleweight title.

Establishment top &#959f th&#1077 bill &#959n th&#1077 &#1109h&#959w w&#1110&#406&#406 see Chislehurst’s Webb &#1110n a final eliminator f&#959r th&#1077 British light-middleweight championship against Manchester’s hard-hitting Hall.

Th&#1077 rest &#959f th&#1077 card includes unbeaten welterweight Bradley Skeete, hard-hitting super-middleweight Frank Buglioni, light-welterweight Bradley Saunders, plus welterweights Freddie Turner &#1072n&#1281 Dean Byrne.

Sick Cleverly cancels WBO defence