The unbeaten Welshman will be looking to shake off the cobwebs as much has been made of his spell of inactivity as he make his first appearance of 2013. Cleverly has stuck loyal to promoter Frank Warren at a time where top fighters have been leaving him and will be hoping he is repaid with a unification clash if he comes through Saturday’s fight.
He has been billed the successor to the great Joe Calzaghe and is looking to follow in his footsteps by winning to set up a clash with Bernard Hopkins Stateside.
After 2 losses in his first 3 fights, few would have predicted Krasniqi to have got into the position for a world title challenge. But it is testament to his mental resolve that he has gone on a 38 fight winning streak. The Kosovan born, German is likely to be a tough nut to crack; he’s never suffered a knockout defeat and will be durable and game at the least and should prove to be a level up from ‘Clev’s’ last 2 opponents Hawk and Karpency.
Nathan Cleverly is well respected within boxing cirles for his fitness, dynamism and fierce boxing tempo, achieved through fast combination punching and a willingness to throw leather which can sometimes see him engaging in tear ups. However, perhaps the fact that he’s never been knocked down in his 25 fight pro career gives him the confidence to do so. He has been sparring heavyweights Chisora and Tyson Fury in preparation for the bout . A unanimous, well earned points win looks the most likely outcome for the Cefn Forest fighter. He should have the greater variety to his offensive arsenal and push the pace to a level that will be uncomfortable for his opponent.
Won: 25 (KO12)
Rounds boxed: 159
Won: 39 (KO 15)
Rounds boxed: 190