Warren: Cleverly willing to face Stevenson anywhere

Scott Heavey

Promoter Frank Warren says that Nathan Cleverly would be willing to face Adonis Stevenson in the UK or in Canada.

Frank Warren says that his fighter, WBO light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly, is ready and willing to unify belts with new WBC titleholder Adonis Stevenson, and that the fight can take place in either Canada or the United Kingdom.

The 35 year old Haitian is a seriously dangerous puncher. Nevertheless, Nathan Cleverly is willing to accommodate him in a unification spat on either side of the Atlantic, any time Stevenson fancies it.

Stevenson (21-1, 18 KO) knocked out Chad Dawson in just 76 seconds last Saturday night in Montreal, while Cleverly (26-0, 12 KO) last fought in April, easily beating fringe contender Robin Krasniqi.

Cleverly and Warren have both done a lot of talking about taking him up to the real top level of the division, but to date the best opponents he's faced have been Karo Murat and Tony Bellew -- good wins, both -- and since the Bellew fight, Cleverly's competition has scaled back, with wins over Tommy Karpency, Shawn Hawk, and Krasniqi, none of whom were considered legitimate world title contenders by anyone outside of the WBO.

Stevenson-Cleverly is definitely an intriguing fight, though, if it can happen. They're both top five for real at 175 pounds and it would be a chance for Cleverly to prove that he's not just a fluffed-up record, and even for Stevenson to prove that his KO of Dawson wasn't a fluke.

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