“I had a brilliant reception at the Motorpoint Arena in February, which was my first fight in Wales (in) over four years,” Cleverly said. “The fans came out to support me, so it’s great to return again for another big fight night in the capital.”
“Uzelkov’s ranked in the top 10 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 defense for me,” Cleverly said. “I’ve seen some of his fights already, and he looks strong and comes forward, which will be perfect for me.
“Every defense of my title is vital as I build towards a unification fight, so I can’t afford to slip up against Uzelkov.”
“Shumenov didn’t want to come over here (to the United Kingdom) to fight Cleverly, plus Froch and Bellew didn’t want to know,” said Cleverly’s promoter Frank Warren. “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 defense for him.”