Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly will not box next month

Tony Bellew
Tony Bellew has put a fight with Nathan Cleverly on hold

Light-heavyweight boxer Tony Bellew has opted to defend his British title in September, delaying a challenge to Welsh WBO champion Nathan Cleverly.

British and Commonwealth champion Bellew, 28, had said he wanted to meet Caerphilly-born Cleverly, 24, in his next fight.

The pair were due to clash in May but Bellew failed a weigh-in after the duo traded insults at a press conference.

Bellew will defend his British title against Paul David on 17 September.

Cleverly won the WBO title without throwing a punch when former champion Juergen Braehmer pulled out of a scheduled fight, and defended it for the first time against Aleksy Kuziemski in May.

He had been close to being paired with Bellew, the original replacement for Braehmer, but the man from Wavertree failed to make the weight.

Following his victory over Ovill McKenzie, which saw him add the vacant British light-heavyweight title to his Commonwealth crown, Bellew said he would like to face Cleverly in September.

But the clash with David, 26, will now take place at the Olympia in Liverpool that month.

Meanwhile, two other Welsh boxers have British title fights in September.

Super-featherweight Gary Buckland, 25, will take on title holder Gary Sykes in Sheffield on 24 September.

The Cardiff fighter recorded a first round knockout of Sykes in the 2010 Prizefighter competition.

Lee Selby, 24, from Barry, will be hoping to take the British featherweight crown from current holder Stephen Smith, when the pair meet in London on 9 September.

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