Nathan Cleverly: WBA orders light-heavyweight champion to fight Dmitry Bivol
The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee has ordered light-heavyweight world champion Nathan Cleverly to fight Dmitry Bivol, the interim champion.
Cleverly, 30, won his belt by beating Juergen Braehmer in October 2016.
According to WBA rules, a champion has 120 days to fight a mandatory challenger and this deadline has already expired for the Welshman.
Bivol won the Interim Championship in May 2016 after defeating Felix Valera.
The Russian 26-year-old has won all 11 of his professional bouts.
Cleverly's record is 30 wins - including 16 knockouts - and three defeats.
The WBA says both boxers' teams have 30 days, as of 27 July, 2017, to reach an agreement or the fight will be called to purse bids.
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