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Hopkins denies interest in fighting 'bum' Cleverly

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Bernard Hopkins has not been in action since losing a majority decision to Chad Dawson in April © PA Photos
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Bernard Hopkins has told promoter Frank Warren to stop mentioning his name alongside WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly.

Cleverly announced earlier this week that he will defend his title for the fourth time against Vyacheslav Uzelkov in October.

Following the confirmation of that bout, Warren said: "It's proved frustrating [to find an opponent] as we had [Bernard] Hopkins lined up and then he pulled out."

Hopkins responded with a Twitter message to Warren, which read: "Stop using my name to promote your bum titleholder."

Warren has previously mentioned Hopkins as one of a number of big-name opponents in line to face Cleverly, who has been criticised for defending his belt against a string of uncelebrated names.

Hopkins, 47, has not been in action since losing a majority decision to Chad Dawson in April.

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