Nathan Cleverly closing in on Bernard Hopkins fight

Cleverly eyes Millennium Stadium bout with Hopkins as Welshman plans to unify division

Nathan Cleverly is in talks over a summer unification fight with Bernard Hopkins.

The unbeaten WBO light-heavyweight boxing champion is set to defend his belt on February 25 against an opponent yet to be confirmed, but is already eyeing a clash with the WBC king and, at 46, the oldest world champion in history.

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Hopkins has been ordered to fight Chad Dawson again after a controversial no-contest in October, but Cleverly, 24, could fight Hopkins before or after.

Vince Cleverly, the fighter’s father and trainer said: ‘Hopkins is coming around to the idea. It would sell out the Millennium Stadium. This year was brilliant and all went to plan. Let’s hope 2012 can be even better. Barring injuries Nathan will unify the division.’