UK Boxing: Nathan Cleverly Heads To Widnes; Maloney Blasts Dunne

Boxing scholar Nathan Cleverly will make the first defence of his Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight title on Friday 12 December at the Kingsway Sports Centre in Widnes. Cleverly returns to the north west, where he won the crown in stunning style in Liverpool last month, outclassing Tony Oakey over 12 quality rounds. No opponent has yet been named, but Cleverly - who studies Mathematics at Cardiff University - is relishing the chance to impress again in front of the Sky television cameras..

"Defeating Oakey made me realise how far I can go in this sport," said the unbeaten 21-year-old, who has won all 13 of his fights.

"It was a great feeling to win the title, but this is just the start.

"I'll be concentrating 100% on beating whoever I face on December 12, but next year I want British champion Dean Francis, then European and world honours."

Chief support at the Kingsways Sports Centre sees a mouth-watering English light-middleweight title clash between Andrew Facey and Matthew Hall.

Champion Facey is an experienced and awkward member of Brendan Ingle's Wincobank stable, while big-punching Hall is one of the most exciting prospects in the country.

For the first time all three members of the Smith boxing dynasty feature on a card for the first time - former English middleweight champion Paul, and younger brothers Callum and Stephen.

They will be joined by top propect Anthony Crolla and scouse duo Tony Bellew and Joe Selkirk.

Tickets, priced at £30 and £50, are available from the Sports Network Box Office on 01992 550 888 or online at


Nathan Cleverly (Cefn Fforest, Wales) vs. TBA

8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Middleweight Contest
Paul Smith (Liverpool, England) vs. TBA

8 X 3 Minute Rounds Light-Middleweight Contest
Matthew Hall (Manchester, England) vs. TBA

6 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Featherweight Contest
Anthony Crolla (Manchester, England) vs. TBA

6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
Tony Bellew (Liverpool, England) vs. TBA

4 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
Joe Selkirk (Liverpool, England) vs. TBA

4 X 3 Minute Rounds Featherweight Contest
Steven Smith (Liverpool, England) vs. TBA

4 X 3 Minute Rounds Light-Welterweight Contest
Liam Smith (Liverpool, England) vs. TBA

Maloney Blasts Dunne

FRANK MALONEY has blasted Dubliner Bernard Dunne for blowing his chance of a shot at European super-bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe.

Maloney offered Dunne the opportunity to challenge Munroe in England on November 22 but the Irishman's manager Brian Peters was clearly running scared and refused the fight.

When the show was scrapped, the bill was moved to Dublin City University on December 18 meaning Dunne would have had crucial advantage on home soil.

Maloney laughed: "Isn't it funny they wanted the fight in Dublin and if they signed the deal they would have got their wish.

"Dunne has blown his chance of appearing on one of the biggest Irish cards for years."

Dunne will now have to wait at least one year to become mandatory challenge as Kiko Martinez who flattened him in 86 seconds last year is currently in that position.

Maloney added: "If Dunne and Peters want to get glimpse of Munroe they are welcome to watch him defend his title against Italian Fabrizio Trotta.

"In fact they can sit in one of Brian's pubs and watch the fight on Sky Sports. There will be plenty room because everybody will be at the arena watching Darren Sutherland."

Ireland's Olympic bronze medallist Sutherland makes his highly anticipated debut when he boxes a six round super-middleweight bout.

Sutherland is a student at DCU but is currently taking a break to fulfil his dream of becoming a world champion.

Other boxers on the star studded bill include Irish light-middleweight champion Jamie Moore and London based Irishman Martin Powers.

Two Commonwealth titles see Craig Watson defend his welterweight crown against Adnan Amar, while Bantamweight Jason Booth puts his crown on the line against Sean Hughes.

Tickets for the big Dublin bill are available from, or by calling 0871 226 1508.

Article posted on 19.11.2008

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