Photos: Cleverly, Krasniqi Get Very Tense at Weigh-In

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WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly weighed-in just under the limit at 12st 6 1/2lbs (174lbs) and mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi came lighter at 12st 5lbs (173lbs) for their big fight tomorrow night at Wembley Arena.

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WBO European Lightweight Champion Liam Walsh hit the scales at 9st 8 1/2lbs (134 1/2lbs) with challenger and former two-time WBO World Featherweight Champion Scott Harrison coming in at 9st 8 1/2lbs (134 1/2lbs).

Dereck Chisora weighed in at 18st (252lbs) with his opponent in the ten-round international contest, Hector Alfredo Avila at 15st 8lbs (218lbs) .

Paul Butler was 8st 2 1/2lbs (114 1/2lbs) for his Commonwealth Super-Flyweight title challenge against the champion Yaqub Kareem who came in at 8st 2lbs (114lbs).

Cleverly v Krasniqi headlines a massive fight card, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) with coverage starting at 7pm.

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Cleverly 174, Krasniqi 173 en Londres

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El campeón mundial semipesado de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el invicto galés Nathan Cleverly, se enfrentará al retador mandatorio alemán Robin Krasniqi, intentando defender por quinta ocasión su corona, en el combate estelar de la velada que se desarrollará en la noche del sábado en el Wembley Arena de Londres, Inglaterra, en una presentación de Frank Warren.

Cleverly (25-0, 12 KOs), que viene de realizar su primera defensa en Estados Unidos al detener en ocho asaltos al estadounidense Shawn Hawk el pasado 10 de noviembre en Los Ángeles, intentará revalidar su reinado frente a Krasniqi (39-2, 15 KOs), N° 1 del ranking mundial semipesado de la OMB, y actual monarca europeo e internacional OMB, que llega a su primera oportunidad mundialista.

En la tarde del viernes, ambos superaron la ceremonia de pesaje, dejando todo listo para su duelo titular. Cleverly registró 174 libras. En tanto Krasniqi marcó 173 libras.

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Cleverly, nacido en Caerphilly, Gales, hace 26 años, buscará retener la corona que conquistó primero interina el 11 de diciembre de 2010 en fallo unánime sobre el francés Nadjib Mohammedi en Liverpool, Inglaterra. Defendió la corona, ya regular, sobre el polaco Aleksy Kuziemski (KOT 4), el inglés Tony Bellew (DM 12), el estadounidense Tommy Karpency (DU 12), siempre en el Reino Unido, hasta que viajó a tierras estadounidenses donde el pasado 10 de noviembre noqueó técnicamente en ocho asaltos al estadounidense Shawn Hawk en Los Ángeles, en su última presentación.

Krasniqi, por su parte, oriundo de Munich, Bayern, y de 26 años, registra apenas dos reveses pero cuando recién comenzaba su carrera, en su primera y tercera pelea. Desde allí se ha mantenido imbatido en treinta y ocho presentaciones. El 21 de octubre de 2011 derrotó al francés Abdelkahim Derghal por nocaut técnico en el cuarto round y se alzó con el cinturón europeo semipesado OMB, que luego refrendó al noquear en el duodécimo al francés Hakim Zoulikha. Tras ello, el pasado 25 de agosto añadió la faja internacional semipesada OMB al liquidar en cuatro capítulos a su compatriota Serdar Sahin, cinto que retuvo el 16 de noviembre al terminar en el tercero con el estadounidense Max Heyman, en Magdeburgo, Alemania, en lo que fue su última actuación.

Las autoridades designadas por la OMB son: el árbitro será el estadounidense Mark Nelson. Los jueces serán Denny Nelson, de Estados Unidos, Zoltan Enyedi, de Hungría, y Phil Edwards, de Reino Unido. El supervisor será el húngaro Istvan Kovacs.

En el combate semiestelar, el campeón europeo ligero OMB, el invicto inglés Liam Walsh (13-0, 10 KOs), se enfrentará al escocés Scott Harrison (27-2-2, 15 KOs), intentando defender por primera ocasión su corona.  Tanto Walsh como Harrison detuvieron la báscula en 134.5 libras.  

En otra atracción de la noche, que se desarrollará en categoría pesado, el ex retador mundialista inglés Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (15-4, 9 KOs), chocará contra el ex campeón argentino crucero, el bonaerense Héctor “El Tiburón” Ávila (20-12-1, 13 KOs), actual monarca mundo hispano pesado del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (WBC), en un enfrentamiento no titular y a la distancia de diez asaltos. Chisora acusó 252 libras. En tanto Ávila pesó 218 libras.

En combate complementario, el campeón Commonwealth (Imperio Británico) supermosca, el nigeriano Yaqub Kareem (10-2-1, 7 KOs), se medirá al inglés Paul Butler (10-0, 5 KOs), buscando la primera defensa de su cinturón. Kareem marcó 114.5 libras, mientras que Butler dio 114 libras. 

Resultados del pesaje:

 

Nathan Cleverly 174 lbs. vs. Robin Krasniqi 173 lbs.

Título mundial semipesado OMB

Liam Walsh 134.5 lbs. vs. Scott Harrison 134.5 lbs.

Título europeo ligero OMB

Dereck Chisora 252 lbs. vs. Héctor Ávila 218 lbs.

Yaqub Kareem 114.5 lbs. vs. Paul Butler 114 lbs.

Título Commonwealth supermosca

Escenario: Wembley Arena, en Wembley, Londres, Inglaterra.

Promotor: Frank Warren.

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Photos: Ricky Burns Becomes a Player at Lightweight

Ricky Burns’ decision to abandon his super featherweight belt – and with that, a date on HBO – proved to be a wise gamble.
The Scot immediately made his presence felt in the lightweight division on the strength of his upset win over Michael Katsidis in their 12-round main event at Wembley Arena on Saturday night in London, England.
Both fighters weighed in at the lightweight limit of 135 lb. for their highly anticipated showdown, which aired live on UK’s Boxnation.
Burns wisely came out boxing, shooting his jab and using his height and reach advantages to his benefit. Katsidis found a way inside early on and was able score with right hands upstairs, but was less effective once Burns was able to reestablish distance between the two.
Katsidis closed the gap considerably in the second round, scoring on the inside with left hooks and uppercuts. Burns absorbed well, and by the third round was once again able to stick and move. Katsidis ate a few right hands that had his head snapping back before firing back in return, but Burns was able to counter with left hooks to the body.
More of the same threatened to transpire in the fourth, until Katsidis was able to pin down Burns and wail away at his rail thin frame. Burns took it well and returned fire, but was outgunned for the first time in the fight.
Burns’ corner was displeased with the threat of momentum shifting, demanding their fighter shoot his jab over Katsidis’ guard to prevent the Aussie from getting off his punches. The strategy worked to a degree, but the disparity in power was telling as Katsidis continued to charge forward.
The middle rounds saw both fighters trade away, with Burns surprisingly holding his own every step of the way. Katsidis was the busier of the two, and also managed to constantly corner Burns, who would instinctively cover up and stop punching whenever under fire.
Catching an earful in between rounds, Burns came out in the ninth returning to what worked best. Katsidis was unable to adjust for the first time in several rounds, but fixed that problem in the 10th as Burns spent most of the frame in retreat and on the defensive.
As was the case throughout the fight, Burns managed to recover every time the fight threatened to get away from him. The lanky Scot bounced back well to box his way to a clear cut 11th round, which ultimately proved to be the difference on the cards.
Katsidis came out for the 12th and final round fighting like a man who knew he needed a knockout to win. The two-time lineal title challenger unloaded with non-stop punching, but was a bit overzealous in his attack as referee Phil Edwards twice warned him for rabbit punching.
Another flurry had Burns in trouble, but he punched his way out just enough to cause a break in the action, prompting a time out to have a large strand of loose tape clipped from his glove. Katsidis never fully regained momentum after that, still doing more than enough to win the round, but was far too behind at that point.
All that was left was for the scorecards to be read. The final tallies were way too wide, but had the right guy winning as far as the UK crowd was concerned.  Scores of 117-111 (2x) and 117-112 sent the live patrons into a frenzy, as Burns picks up a belt in a second weight class.
It’s not (yet) a full-fledged title, as Burns now awaits the outcome of lineal lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez’ third fight with Manny Pacquiao next weekend, as well as what Marquez decides to do afterward. In the meantime, he gets to spend the rest of the year reflecting in perhaps the biggest win of his career as he improves to 33-2 (9KO).
The bout extends his winning streak to 18 straight, dating back to 2007. Despite his lack of true knockout power, the supremely conditioned Burns continues to find ways to win, as evidenced in his off-the-canvas upset win over previously unbeaten Rocky Martinez.
Katsidis’ career heads in the exact opposite direction as his status as a top contender is now officially in trouble.
The all-action lightweight has proven himself at the best-of-the-rest level, but his struggles continue at the championship level. He loses for the third time in his last four bouts as he falls to 28-4 (23KO). The loss is also his first on UK soil, having previously knocked out Kevin Mitchell and Graham Earl.

By Jake Donovan, photos by Alan ‘Big Al’ Stevenson

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