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 Last update:  2/11/2011       Read more by Nick Parkinson         
   
Cleverly: After Braehmer, I Want Tavoris Cloud's Belt!
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By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star

NATHAN CLEVERLY aims to be undisputed world light-heavyweight champion before the years out after landing a shot at WBO title-holder Juergen Braehmer.

The unbeaten European champion, who graduated from Cardiff University with a maths degree last year, faces his toughest test yet against the German in his first world title fight at Wembley Arena on April 2.

But Cleverly, 23, is confident of overcoming Braehmer, 32, then capturing the other world titles to emulate the success of his mentor and fellow Welshman Joe Calzaghe, who reigned as the undisputed super- middleweight champion for more than 10 years.

He said: As soon as I win this fight I will be straight on the case of my promoter to fight Tavoris Cloud, the IBF champion.

I want to clean up and be undisputed champion and I reckon I can do that this year, provided I get Braehmer out of the way.

Hes a proper world champion but I know that whatever Braehmer gives me Im going to walk through it and punish him.

If I can beat Braehmer it will open doors for me to the likes of Cloud, the WBC champion Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins. I would love to fight in the States sooner rather than later.

The experience of training alongside Joe Calzaghe was invaluable. Ive prepared for this moment for more than 10 years, since I walked into Joes gym at the age of 11.

Ive trained like a pro since and I first sparred with him when I was 16.

Hes telling me now I can be the next big star and be undisputed champ.

The boxing boffin, who is trained by his dad Vince, won British, Commonwealth and European titles while a student.

He said: I graduated in the summer and Ive got no plans for any more studies. After my boxing I hope to use my degree to go into finance, but for the moment boxing is my career. Now Im not studying, I can concentrate a lot more on my boxing. Im able to rest more, make sure I eat the right food and I study my opponents more.

My tutors at Cardiff were very good about giving me the time I needed for boxing and extending the odd deadline for course work.

Promoter Frank Warren insists Cleverly will be fighting for the WBO title next even if Braehmer pulls out of a defence for the second time this year.

Unbeaten Manchester lightweight John Murray will defend his European title against Lon-dons Kevin Mitchell on the undercard. BOXING: Clever way to rule world

Tags: Tavoris Cloud , Nathan Cleverly , Juergen Braehmer , Cleverly vs Braehmer , Cleverly-Braehmer



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comment by ernestot, on 02-11-2011
tavoris cloud is the best light heavyweight, what the **** is this junior talking about cause he would get blown out back to england.

comment by the niggest, on 02-11-2011
If he wants it, he should come to America and get it instead of ****in about in euro land for his whole career like Calz.

comment by D-MiZe, on 02-11-2011
Why is everyone on about Cleverly not being ready for Cloud? I don't think he's even ready for Braehmer!

comment by damned1974, on 02-11-2011
[QUOTE=BritishBoxing92]the flaws are there indeed, him being flatfooted and not much head movement or power are just the few of them but he can change that like he mentioned about having new sparring partners and this time he will have a better fight plan..[/QUOTE] It will be hard to re-train ...

comment by BritishBoxing92, on 02-11-2011
[QUOTE=damned1974]I only mentioned DeGale because of the fact that they are 2 British up and comers.You immediately see the talent gap between them-like chalk to cheese.Cleverly is not adaptable,is flat-footed and squares up on his opponents.The Morat fight wasn't that great for showcasing a guy ...

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