Saturday’s Rule Britannia Boxing Bill: Cleverly and Chisora in action

Published On April 18, 2013 | By Niall Doran | Boxing News

Saturday’s Rule Britannia Boxing Bill: Cleverly and Chisora in action

Saturday’s Rule Britannia Boxing Bill: Cleverly and Chisora in action

By Niall Doran

This Saturday marks a great card in London, all be it without Ricky Burns who was previously meant to be fighting in a unification on the card. However the show must go on as they say.

Topping the bill at the Wembley Arena will be WBO Light Heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly who will bid to make the fifth defense of his title against an extremely tough and underrated German called Robin Krasniqi. Going into the fight Krasniqi is on an incredible 38 fight win streak with his last 4 wins coming inside the distance. Although he may not be too well known by fight fans he is certainly not to be underestimated by Cleverly. However I think the Welshman is experienced enough at this stage to know not to do that and I’d expect he will have prepared himself thoroughly for this one. The last year or so for him has been a bit frustrating with lack of activity and lack of tough, credible opponents. He only fought twice last year with a less than stellar points win over Tommy Karpency in Cardiff and a stoppage win stateside over unheralded Shawn Hawk back in November. This fight against Krasniqi probably represents his first proper test since 2011 when he fought Tony Bellew. I think he knows now should he get past Krasniqi on Saturday that big unification fights are within touching distance, and for that reason I’m picking Cleverly by unanimous decision this Saturday.

On the under card there is some intriguing match ups. Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora fights for the first time since getting knocked out by David Haye last year against a relatively unknown quantity in Argentinian Hector Avila. It’s been almost a year since Chisora fought Haye and I will be very interested to see in terms of his technique has he improved. No one can question his heart and fighting spirit but I just felt sometimes his punching technique could be a lot better and I hope this has been addressed in recent months. Realistically this is just a fight to get him back in the winners column but should he get past this a fight with David Price later in the year could be a very realistic possibility.

The main match up on the under card I’m looking forward to is the lightweight clash between Liam Walsh and Scott Harrison. I have always been a massive fan of Harrison and hope that the troubled Scot can turn what have been a torrid few years for him into something positive on Saturday. Liam Walsh however represents probably the biggest test for the Scotsman since he started this comeback at the Lightweight division. Walsh (13-0,10KO’s) is an extremely hungry undefeated fighter who will be looking to take the scalp and established name of Scott Harrison. He is also a southpaw which always adds an extra difficulty and dimension for any fighter to figure out. These factors have been reflected in the bookmakers odds placing Walsh as a firm favourite. As we all know though odds often mean nothing in boxing. If Harrison were to win on Saturday night I would well and truly be a believer in him when he says he can become the world champion again. It’s very rare that I sit on the fence but this one could go either way. My heart says Harrison, my head says Walsh. Would love it if Harrison pulled it off though!

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Niall Doran
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