Cleverly vs Coyne bout in doubt, Don King issues for Coyne

Scott Heavey

Nathan Cleverly will still be defending his WBO light heavyweight title on November 10, but Ryan Coyne may not wind up being the opponent.

As is fairly normal these days, there's a dispute between promoter Don King and one of the fighters he may or may not still have a contractual agreement with, as there is now doubt over whether or not Ryan Coyne will face WBO light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly on November 10.

Cleverly-Coyne is booked for Golden Boy and Showtime's November 10 card at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, headlined by Abner Mares vs Anselmo Moreno. But King is trying to prevent the bout, saying he's still got a deal with Coyne, a Missouri fighter who believes the contract with the faded promoter has expired.

It's not like Cleverly-Coyne is a good fight or anything, and Richard Schaefer is pretty much shrugging it all off:

"Nathan Cleverly will definitely be on the card. Frank Warren, Nathan and his team will not let themselves be extorted by Don King. This is a voluntary defense from Nathan Clevery and if this drags out Coyne will simply be replaced."

Given the fact that this is merely an add-on bout to the card, basically, it's the right stance to take. No one needs to get all tied up with Don King's nonsense if they can as easily avoid it as Golden Boy and Frank Warren can in this situation. Coyne could be any number of non-contenders, and I'm sure finding a new one won't be hard if it comes to that.

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