Nathan Cleverly-Tony Bellew II set for Nov. 22
Former light heavyweight titleholder Nathan Cleverly will meet English countryman Tony Bellew in a rematch in the cruiserweight division on Nov. 22 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, Matchroom Sport announced in a release on Monday.
In an earlier report, the bout still was being considered for Nov. 22 or Nov. 29.
Bellew (22-2-1, 14 knockouts) is 6-1-1 with four knockouts since losing by majority decision to then-WBO titleholder Cleverly (28-1, 14 KOs) in October 2011 at Echo Arena. But since becoming a cruiserweight, Bellew has scored knockouts over Valery Brudov in the 12th round in March and Julio Cesar Dos Santos in fifth round in July.
Bellew, 31, last suffered defeat by sixth round stoppage to RING light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson last November.
Since rising to the 200-pound division, Cleverly, 27, has registered knockout victories over Shawn Corbin in the second round and Alejandro Emilio Valori in the fourth in May and July, respectively. With the wins, Cleverly rebounded having been dethroned as WBO light heavyweight titleholder following a fourth round stoppage loss to Sergey Kovalev in Aug. 2013.
JOSEPH DIAZ JR. 122.5, RAUL HIDALGO 123
Joseph Diaz Jr. (11-0, 7 KOs) weighed 122.5 pounds compared to 123 for rival Raul Hildalgo (21-11, 16 KOs) in advance of Monday’s fight at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, as part of Monday’s “Golden Boy Live!” event on to be televised on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.
The weights for the undercard bouts are as follows:
Juan Tapia 124.2 vs. Carlos Trevino 125
Fidel Maldonado Jr. 141.2 vs. Nelson Lara 141.5
Ricardo Alvarez 145.2 vs. John Michael Johnson 137.5
Joseph Rodriguez 127 vs. Jeremy Longoria 126
Ricardo Lamas 140 vs. Norberto Saenz 139
Antonio Tarver Jr. 160 vs. Zachary Briones 157.5
Luis Castro 129.2 vs. Jesus Garza 130
Enrique Alvarez 149 vs. Hector Garza 152.2
Ricardo Palacios 144.2 vs. Gregorio Bergara 145
Ryan Karl 143.7 vs. TBA
Patrick Rangel 130.2 vs. Manuel Rubalcava 130.5