WBO title eliminator a possibility for surging Cleverly

European light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly could box German Karo Murat in eliminator for a tilt at WBO champ Jurgen Braehmer.
Both men are unbeaten - 26-year-old Iraq-born Murat is 22-0; 23-year-old Welsh mathematics undergraduate Cleverly is 19-0 and has been on a relentless march to the top, impressing in picking up not just the EBU strap but also the British and Commonwealth belts on the way to boot.

Murat, a former holder of the European super-middleweight title, won the vacant WBO inter-continental light-heavyweight bauble against Sergey Demchenko last August. Two successful defences have seen him to a number two rating with the body whilst Cleverly stands at number three (for anyone who's interested, Bernard Hopkins is number one).
The venue is often a sticking point in matches of this nature. Cleverly has only boxed out of the UK once - an April 2008 lopsided points win on the Las Vegas undercard of the aforementioned Hopkins v Joe Calzaghe bout. Murat, although he has boxed beyond German borders several times, is still a home bird.
It would be one to look forward to for Welsh fans in particular as it would also offer a chance for stablemate and fellow countryman Enzo Maccarinelli to defend the European cruiserweight title he won in very quick and surprising fashion in Russia last month.


Eric Armit's Snips and Snipes - April 17, 2014

The live gate for Pacquiao vs. Bradley II came to almost $8 million, so with Pacquiao guaranteed $20 million and Bradley $6 million it gives a picture of just how much money TV puts into the pot. I am surprised there is not a market in 'idols of the gods of TV' as there's a lot of big time fighters who should be worshipping at the entertainment temple that makes them so rich.

Fight Reports

Crag Whyatt v Ben Moorish, Camden Centre, 11th April

Last Friday at the Camden Centre, Morden super featherweight Craig Whyatt (7-1) liquidated Plymouth’s Ben Morrish (3-8-2) in the first round to bag the Masters Bronze super featherweight belt. This was scheduled for eight, but when Morrish tried to turn it into a brawl he quickly came off second best after Jeff Hinds halted proceedings following his third knockdown.