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.


Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai

An alphabet of world heavyweight titles are on the line this weekend when Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai trade blows in Germany on Saturday night. The question for punters however is, just how much action will there be?

Fight Reports

Brentwood’s ‘Smokin’ Joe Mullender (6-1) got back on track with a close points win over Peckham’s Diego Burton (4-4-1) over ten rounds at the York Hall on Saturday. It was a belter of a fight on a slightly smaller than usual Goodwin bill, partly due to 'Flash' Ashley Sexton not making weight again (more on this later) and 'Big Dog' AJ Carter’s opponent, who reportedly turned up with Evo-Stick holding his mooey in place.