Oct 29 2012
Nathan Cleverly will discover on Thursday whether unbeaten American Ryan Coyne is to remain his opponent in Los Angeles on November 10.
Cleverly's planned WBO world light-heavyweight title defence against Coyne was plunged into doubt by a legal dispute between the challenger and his promoter Don King. King has threatened Coyne and Frank Warren with a lawsuit if the fight goes ahead, but the matter will now be settled in court in three days' time.
If it is decided the 30-year-old from Missouri is in breach of contract, Warren has a short list of three alternatives to step in. "This should be frustrating but I've taken it all in my stride," Cleverly said.
Coyne's withdrawal would be very disappointing for Cleverly, who opted for the LA date instead of a bout with Ukrainian Vyacheslav Uzelkov in Cardiff on October 27. However, the 25-year-old Welshman is well equipped to deal with the complications after enduring plenty of disruption to fights in recent times.
He added: "It's something I'm used to by now because there always seems to be drama around my fights. I'm getting on with my business and I've trained well. Mentally and physically I feel great.
"I really don't care who's in the other corner, as long as I get to fight. I've got no problem with the politics that's been going on. We will be fighting in LA on November 10 and that's the most important thing to me.
"If it is a non-title fight then it won't be the end of the world. I'll treat it as any other fight. Every fight is a world title fight to me and it's a great opportunity for whoever comes in.
"I feel like I'm just around the corner from the super-fights, so this is a great opportunity for me."
Coyne's 22-fight record is short on names, but the 'Irish Outlaw' is ranked in the top 10 by the WBA and WBC.
"He's a strong guy who likes to come forward and fight. He's very hungry and will cause problems," Cleverly added. "Like myself he's never been beaten. It will be a great battle between two warriors defending their unbeaten records."