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Frank Warren: 'Big names are avoiding Nathan Cleverly'

Warren: 'Big names are avoiding Cleverly'
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Promoter Frank Warren believes that the big names in the light-heavyweight division are avoiding Nathan Cleverly.

Promoter Frank Warren has insisted that the rivals of light-heavyweight Nathan Cleverly know that he is "the real deal".

Cleverly has previously stated his desire to meet Bernard Hopkins or Beibut Shumenov in a unification clash, but Warren believes that neither fighter is keen on meeting the Welshman.

The promoter told reporters: "I know he's the real deal and know what he's capable of and I think deep down so do these other fighters.

"I think that's why we get these little swerves every now and then.

"I don't think Nathan gets the credit he should for what he's done. He's had some great wins."

The 26-year-old is currently awaiting an opponent for a bout scheduled in August.

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Friday's key events

· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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