By Edward Chaykovsky
Trainer Enzo Calzaghe has advised former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly to stay away from the cruiserweight division. Following his August 2013 TKO defeat to Sergey Kovalev, Cleverly announced that he was moving up by 25-pounds to the 200-pound limit of cruiserweight.
With only a handful of knockouts on his record and very few scored even at 175, Calzaghe feels the Welsh boxer is going to be overwhelmed by fighters who are heavyweights and shave off the weight to make cruiser. Cleverly is going to make his cruiserweight debut on May 17.
"If he was with me and asked if he should turn cruiserweight I would probably have said no," Calzaghe told BBC Sport. "How many people has he knocked out as a light-heavyweight - two? He probably hasn't got the killer punch."
"I don't know why he didn't give himself another chance at light-heavyweight to fulfil his potential, because he can get back to that higher level. There's no problem, he can be at the top level again. Bear in mind most cruiserweights are coming down from heavyweight. So he'll be competing with a guy probably who is a heavyweight originally - so how will he cope with these heavyweights?"
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