Nathan Cleverly faces Tommy Karpency today in Cardiff. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Today at 2:30 p.m. EST, BoxNation in the United Kingdom goes live from Cardiff, Wales, for Nathan Cleverly's WBO light heavyweight title defense against American Tommy Karpency.
The main event will also be available in the U.S. on Epix and EpixHD.com, the latter a legal and free stream of the bout. We'll be covering from the UK feed of the fight, so we'll haev the undercard as well as this main event, which will be preceded on both broadcasts by Povetkin vs Huck in Germany.
Cleverly (23-0, 11 KO) and Karpency (21-2-1, 14 KO) aren't going to be expected to deliver a competitive affair, as Cleverly is around a -3000 favorite in what is being seen as a frankly absurd mismatch between a top light heavyweight and an unqualified, unknown challenger.
But Cleverly struggled last time out against Tony Bellew, and that wasn't expected, either. Karpency wasn't totally overwhelmed in his lone step up, either, a 2010 loss to Karo Murat.
On the undercard, Frankie Gavin (11-0, 8 KO) returns to the ring for the first time since July, facing veteran Kevin McIntyre (30-8, 9 KO). Gavin's last two wins, over Curtis Woodhouse and Young Mutley, were both disappointing affairs, and he took a lot of stick for not living up to his potential. He's had a couple of canceled dates since then, and some issues outside of the ring, but he's ready to go for tomorrow. We'll see where he's at.
Also in action will be Enzo Maccarinelli (33-5, 26 KO), who tunes up for his March 23 shot at the British cruiserweight title by facing Ciaran Healy (13-17-1, 4 KO).
Join us this afternoon for the UK portion of today's big BoxNation show!