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Cleverly Aims To Revive Calzaghe-Like Buzz in Wales

Nathan Cleverly is hoping to spark double sporting success for South Wales when he takes on Jurgen Braehmer on May 21 at the O2 Arena in London.

The 24-year-old Welshman (21-0 10KOs) challenges for the WBO light-heavyweight title against the dangerous German (36-2 29KOs) and victory would give another boost to South Wales sport with both Cardiff City and Swansea City hoping to reach the promised land of the Premier League this May.

"When Joe Calzaghe was at the top of his game down here, there was a buzz in the region," said Cleverly.

"The rugby team was winning Grand Slams and the back pages were full of sporting success.

"I think we might be on the brink of another golden era for Welsh sport.

"I'm a massive football fan and to get the Premier League down here in south Wales would be fantastic.

"We've never had a Premier League club before - perhaps this is the year we finally do it.

"Obviously there has been more success in boxing, what with the likes of Joe, Enzo Maccarinelli and Gavin Rees all winning world titles.

"But we haven't got a world champion at the moment and I am desperate for that to change on May 21.

"There is such an appetite for sporting success down here that I am determined to bring that WBO title back to Wales.

"I've not fought in front of my own fans for a long time.

"It's been great to go on the road and feature in some many great arenas up and down the country.

"Beating Braehmer and lifting that WBO will be a dream come true.

"But to get the chance to defend it in front of a sell out crowd in Cardiff will be an incredible feeling as well.

"The chance of doing that drives me on in the gym, and will make me dig deep if I have to against Braehmer."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pastrano on 05-03-2011

Good luck Nathan...this won't be an easy fight for either fighter. I think somebody's gonna get stopped late.

Comment by vick_ramalot on 05-03-2011

Murat is a midget with no power and eurolevel skills and too short arms and legs to perform well by any means at that weight with his style that guy should fight at 147lbs or 154lbs at best Campillo took…

Comment by SirTomJones on 05-03-2011

[QUOTE=yeykax;10470416]Cleverly is a bum handsdown bro!![/QUOTE] so ignorant....

Comment by War-Robbo on 05-03-2011

[QUOTE=timba;10470428]Cleverly has been brought along very nicely considering he has fought 90% of his fights whilst studying at university. I can let the fight against the French guy slide, because he was an awkward customer and didn't come to fight.…

Comment by BetterCallSaul on 05-03-2011

[QUOTE=vick_ramalot;10470418]sparring romours are mostly not very reliable Joe pobably took it easy on his fellow Welshman if its true at all Cleverly got no defense and amateurish offense and a chin that could not have been more protected considering all…

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