On Saturday, March 4th, 2006, at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England, undefeated and long reigning WBO Super Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe attempted to silence the fight critics who consistently claimed the slick southpaw was a protected fighter who religiously avoided the best competition in his respective division by facing the hard punching and undefeated IBF title holder Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy.
Leading into this historic and memorable unification bout, Jeff Lacy had garnered the reputation as one of the hardest pound for pound punchers in the sport, stopping five of his previous six opponents. With a deep amateur pedigree and an impressive knock-out victory over mutual opponent Robin Reid, the American born power puncher was the overwhelming favorite among most fight scribes and boxing fans across the globe. Continue reading
Saturday’s HBO Boxing After Dark telecast airs at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
The telecast from Atlantic City features a 12-round junior featherweight title fight as Jonathan Romero squares off against Kiko Martinez. The evening’s main event features middleweight title-holder Daniel Geale against challenger Darren Barker in a title bout scheduled for 12 rounds.
Official Weights from Atlantic City:
Daniel Geale: 159.5
Darren Barker: 159.5 Continue reading
At today’s official weigh-in on Cardiff’s busy Queen Street, outside the Capitol Shopping Centre, WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly came in at 12st 6lb (174lb) while the challenger Sergey Kovalev weighed 12st 5lb 8oz (173lbs).
Undefeated Cleverly makes the eighth and riskiest title defence against the dynamite-punching Russian tomorrow night at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, live and exclusive in the on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) and in America on HBO.
Cleverly said, “There is nothing left to say now and all the talking will be done in the ring tomorrow night. All the hard work is done, I’ve hit the weight spot and I’m ready to fight. I can’t wait for it, bring on Kovalev.” Continue reading
WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly has been given a boost by Tottenham and Wales star Gareth Bale ahead of his crucial title defence against Sergey Kovalev tomorrow night at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena.
Welsh hero Cleverly met with Bale on Wednesday night at Cardiff City’s ground before the Wales international friendly against the Republic of Ireland where the undefeated 26-year-old was also announced to the crowd (please see below for a rights for photo to use). Continue reading
This Saturday on HBO Nathan Cleverly and Sergey Kovalev will get their biggest test to date when they collide in the ring live from Cardiff, Wales. The stage is set, both men unbeaten and fell ready to take the next step up the ladder at the light heavyweight division.
Can Cleverly step up to the challenge of facing a dangerous fighter who will thrown combination punches and with major power in both hands? Will Kovalev be able to handle the pressure of being under the bright lights of HBO, in the Welshman’s backyard, and if the fight makes it to the championship rounds will stamina play a role having only had 57 rounds in 22 fights?
The winner almost certainly will get future HBO options, a pay increase, and will be one step closer to taking on the king of the division. Continue reading
KOVALEV MANAGER: ‘WHEN YOUR WELSH FANS START TO SING, SERGEY WILL JUST PRETEND THEY’RE SINGING FOR HIM!’
So what to we know about Sergey Kovalev, the formidable Russian destroyer who challenges Welshman Nathan Cleverly for the WBO World Light-Heavyweight strap at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena this Saturday?
Known as ‘Krusher’, the 30 year old was born in the city of Chelyabinsk, an ice hockey stronghold, in April 1983. He began boxing aged 11 after following a friend to the gym and knocked up a hugely impressive 193-22 amateur slate which included national titles and international singlets at both junior and senior level.
He was the Russian representative at the 1999 European Cadet championships and captured two gold medals at the World Military Games. Twice he was victorious in dual international meets between Russia and the USA. Continue reading
CARDIFF, WALES – Russian light heavyweight knockout artist, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 21-0-1, 19 KOs, takes on undefeated WBO champion Nathan Cleverly, 26-0, 12 KOs, for the world light heavyweight title at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff Wales, Saturday night. The fight will be shown on HBO in a broadcast scheduled to begin at 9:45 PM (Eastern Time).
Kovalev will not only have to overcome the unbeaten champion’s boxing style, he will have to do it in the hostile environment of Cleverly’s back yard. However the hard-punching challenger has been on quite a roll of late, five knockouts in his last five starts, and is completely confident that his abilities can carry him to the championship against Cleverly, regardless of the fight’s venue. Continue reading
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, August 17, in the light heavyweight world title fight between the champion Nathan Cleverly and the #2 ranked Sergey Kovalev, to be held at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, in a Frank Warren Promotions presentation. Continue reading
KOVALEV: “I’VE TRAINED TO GO THREE ROUNDS, BUT NO ONE CAN GUARANTEE THAT THIS FIGHT WILL GO PAST THREE.”
At today’s media workout in Newport, Russian KO King Sergey Kovalev had some fierce words for the WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly, who he faces on Saturday night at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
Undefeated Kovalev, who has destroyed 19 of his 21 opponents with 18 coming inside the first three rounds, is predicting a similar outcome for the Welsh hero.
“Cleverly is my toughest test, he’s a good, fast fighter who throws a lot of punches, but I think it will be a similar outcome on Saturday night.” Said the “Krusher”. Continue reading
DOORS OPEN: 17:30 hrs
Fight # 1 – 17:45 hrs
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
ALED COOK V KIERON GRAY
Fight # 2 – 18:05 hrs *
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Light-Welterweight Contest
RHYS EVANS V MATT SEAWRIGHT
Fight # 3 – 18:30- hrs *
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
LIAM WILLIAMS V DARREN CORDONA
Fight # 4 – 19:10 hrs *
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
LEWIS REES V DEE MITCHELL
Fight # 5 – 19:50 hrs *
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Featherweight Contest
CRAIG EVANS V YOUSEFF AL HAMIDI
Fight # 6– 20:30 hrs *
THE COMMONWEALTH LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 175 lbs
OVILL McKENZIE V ENZO MACCARINELLI
Fight # 7 – 21:20 hrs *
THE BRITISH SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 130 lbs
GARY BUCKLAND V STEPHEN SMITH
Fight # 8 – 22:20 hrs
THE WBO WORLD LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 175 lbs
NATHAN CLEVERLY V SERGEY KOVALEV
Fight # 9 – Follow On *
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Cruiserweight Contest
DANNI GRIFFITHS V COURTNEY RICHARDS
Fight # 10 – Follow On *
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Light-Middleweight Contest
RONNIE HEFFRON V MAX MAXWELL
(* All timings approximate and order subject to change)