Britain's Nathan Cleverly will defend his WBO title against Vyacheslav Uzelkov
Last Updated: September 3, 2012 3:21pm
Nathan Cleverly will make the fourth defence of his WBO light-heavyweight title against Ukrainian Vyacheslav Uzelkov.
The Welshman will return to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on October 27 where he made his most recent defence, a routine points victory over Tommy Karpency in February.
Uzelkov has challenged for a world title before, flooring WBA champion Beibut Shumenov before losing on points in 2010.
"I had a brilliant reception at the Motorpoint Arena in February which was my first fight in Wales for over four years, and the fans came out to support me so it's great to return again for another big fight night in the capital," said Cleverly.
"Uzelkov's ranked in the top ten of three of the major governing bodies and has already mixed it with Shumenov for the world title so I know he'll be a hard defence for me. I've seen some of his fights already and he looks strong and come forward which will be perfect for me.
"Every defence of my title is vital as I build towards a unification fight so I can't afford to slip up against Uzelkov."
Promoter Frank Warren said Shumenov had turned down the opportunity of a unification fight, while Bernard Hopkins, Carl Froch and Tony Bellew were also approached but not interested.
A statement from Frank Warren Promotions said: "A huge purse was put to IBF world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch to move up a weight division which he turned down, as did Tony Bellew who rejected the offer of a rematch."
Warren added: "It's proved frustrating as we had Hopkins lined up and then he pulled out and Shumenov didn't want to come over here to fight Cleverly, plus Froch and Bellew didn't want to know.
"While we look to make these fights Cleverly has got to keep busy as he hasn't fought since February and Uzelkov is a tough title defence for him."