Cleverly set for Krasniqi (who?!?) clash

30 03 2012

Nathan Cleverly will defend his WBO light-heavyweight title against Robin Krasniqi after the WBO FINALLY sanctioned the bout.

The fight will take place on April 28 at the famous Royal Albert Hall.

The WBO initially decided against sanctioning the fight, stating that Cleverly must fight his mandatory challenger instead.

But Frank Warren has managed to persuade the WBO to allow this fight to happen, with WBO adding the stipulation that the winner must fight the mandatory challenger within 120 days.

Well it’s not exactly a fight to get excited about is it boxing fans?

Robin Krasniqi is ranked 4th by the WBO. Now some would ask “well what’s the problem then, he’s ranked 4th”. Yes that’s fine but they have Chad Dawson, who I believe would wipe the floor with Cleverly, ranked 7th and the WBC and IBO don’t even have him ranked inside their top 40. Says it all about Cleverly’s level of opposition.

Yet Cleverly, and promoter Frank Warren, will have you believe that Krasniqi will be a “hard test” and that he’ll “bring out the best” in Nathan. I hope boxing fans don’t fall for this.

I can fully understand fighters taking an easy defence here and there but when you’re 25 and only had 25 fights, with none of them being particularly tough (except perhaps Bellew), you don’t deserve to have an “easy” fight/defence.

A Carl Froch would be perfectly within his rights to take an “easy” fight due to the run he’s had, but what’s he doing; fighting Lucian Bute.

Warren seems to be pushing for a Cleverly-Hopkins fight (even if he doesn’t come through his rematch with Dawson) next. It’s a cracking fight for Cleverly to have but one he hasn’t earned and is a fight, I believe, he’ll lose. It’s nothing more than a pay-day for Cleverly.

But my message to Cleverly would be:

Get this fight with Krasniqi over with, fight your mandatory and then fight some real competition.

The likes of Cloud, Pascal, Shumenov and Campillo are the sort of fights Cleverly should be having, especially if he’s as good as he, and Frank Warren, say he is.

The Sweet Science UK prediction:

With all that said, I believe Cleverly will win. Most likely via a points decision as he doesn’t seem to have developed any real power in this division.

He does have a fantastic work-rate and that should see him through against Krasniqi but he’ll need more than that to beat the top names at 175.

 





Fury – Rogan: Irish title on the line

30 03 2012

The Irish title will be on the line when Tyson Fury faces off against Martin Rogan on April 14th.

Fury, who recently vacated his British title, has failed to impress since beating Derek Chisora and has taken a different route compared to the man he defeated for the British title last summer.

Chisora has gone on to face Robert Helenius and Vitali Klitschko, earning praise for his performances in the ring (despite the two losses), while Fury has struggled to overcome Nicolai Firtha and Neven Pajkic.

Fury was set to defend his British title against mandatory challenger David Price, before relinquishing the title, has defended his decision to challenge for the Irish title stating it was always his “dream” to win it.

Whether that is true or not, only Fury knows but to me, and the general boxing public, he’s ducked Price.

Fury was poor in his last two fights and Price has been on a real roll, winning his last 6 fights via KO/TKO.

No disrespect to Rogan but going from fighting a real threat like Price to, well, a cab driver isn’t exactly what people expect from Fury.

He’s talked the talked recently, while promoter Mick Hennessy has championed him as the next “big thing” in the heavyweight division. But this clash has left a lot of fans feeling very annoyed with Team Fury.

Having said that, I still expect Fury, who is always involved in an exciting fight, to win via KO/TKO.

Maybe then he’ll fight some decent opposition and actually walk the walk, instead of talking the talk.