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Calzaghe Shakes Head, Warns Cleverly To Drop Back

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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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cloud on 03-28-2014

I'd like to see Huck-Featherly. Huck would sh[B]it[/B] stab him.

Comment by Chrismart on 03-28-2014

His lack of power is going to be his un-doing against the bigger CW's. He's probably guarenteed a good pay day in a rematch with Bellew..that a-side though i can't see him getting much done in the CW division.

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 03-28-2014

[QUOTE=Russian Crushin;14372087]Why exactly is he moving up?[/QUOTE] Money. He's just left Frank Warren and signed with Matchroom. Eddie Hearn is desperate to make Cleverly-Bellew II for some reason and probably offered him a lot of money.

Comment by stefjonno1 on 03-28-2014

Yeah he's an idiot for moving up. You got beat at light heavy, big deal get over it and come back stronger at LH. At CW you are heading for disaster.

Comment by StillAlive2k on 03-28-2014

[QUOTE=Andre Wardttke;14372056]Not only that, Cleverly even admits that ideally there would be a division in etween LHW and Cruiserweight. Add to that he still seems very shaken mentally. Listen to this interview, there doesn't seem to be any conviction or…

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