Nathan Cleverly returns to 175 pounds on Josh Warrington-Dennis Tubieron card
On April 11 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England, former WBO 175-pound titleholder Nathan Cleverly will make his return to the light heavyweight division, this after having fought three times as a cruiserweight. Cleverly (28-2, 14 knockouts) will face an opponent to be determined.
In his last fight in November, Cleverly, 27, lost a rematch by split decision to Tony Bellew, against whom he had defended his 175-pound title by majority decision in October 2011.
Since rising into the cruiserweight division, Cleverly 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 from a fourth-round stoppage loss to Sergey Kovalev in August 2013. Cleverly lost his WBO belt in the bout.
In the evening’s main event, featherweights Josh Warrington and Dennis Tubieron will meet in an eliminator for the right to face WBC titleholder Jhonny Gonzalez, promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport announced on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old Warrington (19-0, 3 KOs) went 3-0 with two knockouts in 2014 and is coming off a fourth round technical knockout over Davide Dieli in October.
Tubieron (19-3-2, 8 KOs) is a 25-year-old southpaw who is 3-0-1 in 2014 after falling by sixth round technical knockout to Valentine Borg in December 2013. Tubieron battled to a draw with Carlo Magali last month.
Also on the card is a rematch between junior lightweights Martin Joseph Ward and Maxi Hughes, who battled to a draw last month.
Light heavyweight Bob Ajisafe will pursue his seventh straight win, having last been in the ring for a fourth round technical knockout of Matty Clarkson in November.
IS TOMMY MARTIN TOO YOUNG TO FACE RICKY BOYLAN?
Junior welterweight Tommy Martin (10-0, 3 KOs) will be out to prove that being 20 years old does not mean he’s inexperienced when he meets Ricky Boylan (12-1, 4 KOs) on Jan. 31 at the O2 Arena in London, according to a release from Matchroom Sport.
Martin was last in action for a seventh round technical knockout of Matty Tew in October and Boylan, 26, a majority decision loss to Tyler Goodjohn on the same night with each of their bouts taking place at the O2 Arena.
“People have been saying that I am too young to fight for the English title. They are forgetting that I was in an eliminator and stopped Matty Tew inside 10. Why would I not take this opportunity? To be English champion at 20 years old would be great…It’s a step up but that’s what I am here to do. I believe Ricky is made for me and that I will show I can handle this level,” said Martin.
“I thought that Ricky would beat Tyler and he’d defend against me but the fight is on now for the vacant belt anyway and it’s the one that I wanted. I am not stupid; I know that Ricky and his team are looking at this fight as a comeback win for him but it’s not going to happen. People can keep going against me. That’s fine. I’ll just make my friends and family some nice dough when I beat him. It’s going to be a cracker. I have no problem with him. Its business and we’re in each other’s way. Something has to give.”
In the main event, heavyweight Anthony Joshua, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist for Great Britain, will face former title challenger Kevin Johnson, who never has been knocked out.
Also on the card will be British lightweight contender Kevin Mitchell opposite title challenger Daniel Estrada, John Wayne Hibbert vs. Tyler Goodjohn in a clash of 140-pounders and southpaw middleweight John Ryder against Les Sherrington.
Note: Information from a release from Matchroom Sport