Nathan Cleverly vows to make Robin Krasniqi pay for skirt jibe

Last Updated: 20/04/13 8:40pm

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Nathan Cleverly and Robin Krasniqi face off ahead of Saturday's showdown

Nathan Cleverly and Robin Krasniqi face off ahead of Saturday's showdown

Sky Bet

Nathan Cleverly insists he is "ready for war" as he prepares to defend his WBO light-heavyweight title against Robin Krasniqi.

Cleverly's fifth defence of his crown against the Germany-based Kosovan headlines Frank Warren's 'Rule Britannia' show at Wembley Arena on Saturday.

The unbeaten Welshman has withdrawn from two previously scheduled bouts with Krasniqi, who responded by labelling Cleverly as the "Princess of Boxing".

"We did some research in the news about why the fights were postponed and it was 'stomach ache', 'stomach bug', 'stomach upset'," said Krasniqi, who presented the champion with a skirt at the pre-fight press conference.

But Cleverly responded: "It was a bit of bravado and he was trying to get under my skin, but I didn't fall into his trap. I just kept smiling. We all like a bit of fun, but I'll make him pay for it on fight night.

"This is my hardest fight to date because he's a tough opponent who's desperate to rip my world title away from, but also because there's a lot at stake.

"If I win this one then there are potentially big fights against Americans to be had. That's a lot to lose.

"It should be a great fight, I love to fight and am ready for a war while Krasniqi is an assertive fighter who likes to be on the front foot.

"But I've prepared 100% both mentally and physically, so there's no way he can beat me. I'm going to take him out and move on to bigger and better things."

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