20th March 2012

Nathan Cleverly
Promoter Frank Warren will stage the
first world title show at the Royal Albert Hall in over a decade when
British star Nathan Cleverly headlines the legendary venue on Saturday
28th April.

 
Unbeaten Cleverly, who defeated
American Tommy Karpency last month, will make the fourth defence of his
WBO World Light-Heavyweight title against the number four ranked Robin
Krasniqi, subject to confirmation from the WBO.

 
The 25-year-old from Cefn Fforest
will be the first Welshman in a championship title fight at the venue
since Joe Calzaghe defeated Stephen Wilson in 1995.

 
Serbian Krasniqi, who is based in
Germany, has a top record of 37 wins from 39 fights and his only two
losses were on points early in his career.  He won the European WBO
title last October with a fourth round stoppage of Abdelkahim Derghal
and defended it against Hakim Zoulikha in January, stopping him in the
twelfth round. 

 
The show will be televised live and
exclusive on the New Home Of Boxing BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch.
546) which will also cover Bernard Hopkins’ highly anticipated WBC World
Light-Heavyweight title rematch with Chad Dawson live from Atlantic
City later that night.

 
Warren brought boxing back to the
Albert Hall last October when he staged the Royal Albert Hall Cup for
the charity Tickets For Troops that saw a combined UK Armed Forces team
take on their US counterparts in a special Transatlantic amateur
tournament.

 
And it was the Hall of Fame promoter
who last staged world championship boxing there in 1999 when Mexican
legend Marco Antonio Barrera defended his WBO World Super-Bantamweight
title against Paul Lloyd.

 
Some of the biggest names in British
boxing have fought at the Royal Albert Hall including Sir Henry Cooper,
Frank Bruno, Lennox Lewis and Prince Naseem Hamed and Warren is looking
to add one of the biggest names under his banner to the illustrious
list.

 
Warren said, “I’m delighted to bring
big time world championship boxing back to the Royal Albert Hall next
month with one of Britain’s biggest and brightest stars in Nathan,”

 
“We had a tremendous reception for
our Tickets For Troops event in October that saw amateurs from the UK
and US Armed Forces fight it out for the Royal Albert Hall Cup and the
demand is there to see world championship boxing,”

 
“Subject to confirmation from the
WBO, Nathan has got a tough defence against Krasniqi who’s never been
stopped in 39 fights and is ranked number four so it’s going to be a
hard test for him.”

 
Cleverly said, “It’s great to be the first boxer in over 10 years to open up the doors to the famous venue to boxing again,”

 
“I love boxing in London and I’m
over the moon that Frank has put on my world title defence at the iconic
landmark and it will be the start of many big shows,”

 
“It’s a who’s who of boxing who have
fought at the Albert Hall and to add my name alongside greats like
Lennox Lewis, Naseem Hamed, Nigel Benn and Joe Calzaghe is a real honour
and dream,”

 
“It’s a good omen that Joe was the
last Welshman to box there for a title when he beat Stephen Wilson for
the British super-middleweight title in 1995 so I’ll be looking to carry
on the Welsh winning run there,”

 
“Krasniqi got a good record and he’s
bound to be a hard test for me.  The better the opponents the better I
perform and Krasniqi will bring out the best in me,”

 
“I’ll also be keeping a close eye
later that night from the action in Atlantic City between Hopkins and
Dawson and will be looking to face the winner,”

 
Tickets, priced at £40, £50, £75, £150 and £200, are available from: Ticketmaster: 0844 844 0444