Warren wants Froch to take on Cleverly in British blockbuster
Frank Warren has challenged Carl Froch to put his defeat to Andre Ward behind him and take on Nathan Cleverly in a British blockbuster this summer.
Froch lost his WBC super middleweight title to potential American superstar Ward in New Jersey last month and is eyeing up IBF champion Lucian Bute for his next bout.
But Warren wants the Nottingham fighter to step up in weight to meet Welshman Cleverly at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Plans: Frank Warren wants Carl Froch to face Nathan Cleverly in the summer
Beaten: Froch was beaten by Andre Ward in December
The promoter said: ‘I would like to see Nathan fight again in early June at Cardiff City’s ground in a big open-air show and if Carl Froch wants to step up a weight and fight him then I’d take that fight in a heartbeat, he’s made for Nathan.
‘Then I’d be looking for Nathan to have a unification fight hopefully in September against one of the other title holders [Bernand Hopkins or Beibut Shumenov].
‘I aim to bring big-time boxing shows back to Wales regularly again and Nathan is the man to spearhead that.
‘With Nathan it’s about the right time and the right moment, picking up the experience and confidence, winning and unifying titles as we go towards bigger things.’
The WBO light heavyweight champion from Cefn Forest must first defend his title against American Tommy Karpency on February 25 at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena.
‘Karpency is a hard fight for Nathan, but it will bring out the best in him and it will be a sparkling homecoming,’ Warren added.
‘He’s only had a few fights as a world champion since winning the title and first I want to establish him in Wales so the fans get to see their new star in action again.
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‘Nathan’s fought around the country in
the last few years and showed a lot of grit and determination in going
to Liverpool last time out against Tony Bellew so now he deserves a
‘I aim to bring big-time boxing shows back to Wales regularly again and Nathan is the man to spearhead that.’
Cleverly will make the third defence of his title and will fight at home for the first time in four years.
He said: ‘I aim to reignite Welsh boxing again and bring back the glory days when Joe Calzaghe was fighting in the city and I want to keep it going for a good few years.
‘I remember when I was boxing on Joe’s undercards and the buzz in the city on fight day was amazing, this is what I want to bring back.
‘Frank’s got big plans for me and to fight at Cardiff City’s ground would be a dream. I’m still only 24 and time is on my side to achieve a lot of things. I know the big super-fights will come, I’ve just got to keep putting on good displays and we are progressively getting there.
‘In the meantime I can’t be complacent by taking my eye off the ball and let Karpency upsets the plans.
‘I saw Karo Murat’s fight against Karpency when I was preparing for my fight against Murat and I saw that he’s a southpaw, tough, rugged and strong and he’ll come to have a fight with me, but I’ll break him down and look good doing it.’