Cleverly receives Hopkins boost

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Nathan Cleverly has received a boost in his bid for a light-heavyweight unification clash with Bernard Hopkins.

For it to happen Cleverly and Hopkins have to win their fights against Robin Krasniqi and Chad Dawson on 28 April.

But Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions is confident Hopkins wants to fight Cleverly.

“I’ve talked to Bernard about Nathan and he said ‘Look, I’m used to fighting younger guys. Just keep bringing them on’,” said Schaefer.

“I went with [promoter] Frank [Warren] through some numbers. Now I’ll have to go to Bernard and we’ll go through some numbers.

“If the numbers which Frank has outlined to me hold true, I think there’s a good chance the fight could take place in the UK, absolutely,”

“We don’t want to jinx anything – Bernard has a very difficlut fight ahead of him against Chad Dawson who’s a young, hungry fighter, so lets see what happens.

“But definitely, if everything goes well, I would very much like to make that fight.”

Unbeaten WBO champion Cleverly will first defend his title for a fourth time against Krasniqi at the Royal Albert Hall on 28 April.

The London show is on the same night as American legend Hopkins’s WBC world light-heavyweight title rematch with Dawson