Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Cleverly Eyes Calzaghe's Throne: Hopkins on The Cards!

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

NATHAN CLEVERLY went out celebrating in the shadow of Hollywood as his dream of becoming a boxing superstar took a massive step forward.

The Welshman, 25, retained his WBO world light-heavyweight title against Shawn Hawk and is now in line to fight ring legend Bernard Hopkins next year.

The 47-year-old Hopkins, a multi-world champion, could meet Cleverly in March.

Cleverly is relishing the chance of boosting his worldwide image and said: “That is a fight we are definitely looking at. After all, I have come over here and showcased my talents.

“After this, I would love to set up a big fight with Hopkins next year. I am established at world title level and that kind of fight against Hopkins is definitely on the cards.”

Cleverly maintained his unbeaten record by convincingly overcoming Native American Hawk after wearing him down from the opening bell. He said: “I think I made a real impression. I took a few risks but I found the kind of finish I needed.

“I feel I am becoming an elite fighter and the few risks I took made me the more exciting fighter.

“I think I am now in the big time because I have done so well. Maybe now, after one or two more fights, I will really be at the elite stage and ready to stay there.”

Cleverly received a tremendous ovation after a fight in which he was led into the ring by Sir Tom Jones and Mickey Rourke.

He said: “I think it is a mark of how far I have progressed that people of their stature are now being actively involved with me.

“I honestly feel the way ahead is to fight whenever I can in the States. I have been training in the Wild Card gym here with Freddie Roach and that was such an experience for me.”

Cleverly now possesses all the ability to take over Joe Calzaghe’s tag as the best fighter in Wales.

He said: “I certainly feel in a position to take over from Joe and I know a lot of people are looking at me to do precisely that.”

Cleverly had Hawk on the canvas twice in the seventh and once in the eighth before the fight was called off in his favour.

Sir Tom is now backing him, too. He said: “I think Nathan can go the whole way. He is a great light-heavyweight.

“I thought Nathan fought a very good fight. He never lost his temper, which is great. I remember Ricky Hatton saying he lost his temper against Floyd Mayweather and that was bad for him.

“It was a great win for Nathan, who managed to do it despite the other guy’s counter-punching.”

Wladimir Klitschko retained his undisputed heavyweight crown after a unanimous points decision over Poland’s Mariusz Wach in Hamburg on Saturday night.BOXING: Champ lines up Hopkins

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by techliam on 11-14-2012

Whats this I hear about Calzaghe having a throne? News to me, thanks Boxingscene!

Comment by Capaedia on 11-14-2012

[QUOTE=DonCarlos83;12696998]I think Nathan Cleverly is properly over rated and is definitely not world level. BUT i agree with whoever said his activity beats B-HOP. One thing Cleverly does is work his a** off every fight. He throws a lot of…

Comment by DonCarlos83 on 11-14-2012

I think Nathan Cleverly is properly over rated and is definitely not world level. BUT i agree with whoever said his activity beats B-HOP. One thing Cleverly does is work his a** off every fight. He throws a lot of…

Comment by Capaedia on 11-14-2012

Okay name for B-Hops resume. Even though it looks like he'd beat him in a wheelchair so far.

Comment by Mick Higgs on 11-14-2012

To gain any credibility Clev's gonna have to look at unification against Shumenov, Cloud & Dawson & not claim the scalp of a fossil.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (28)
Top Headlines Tyson Fury Announces His Retirement Again on Social Media? Mayweather-McGregor: Odds, Props Movements - 1 Month Out Anthony Fowler Gets Foe For Liverpool Return Rau'shee Warren-McJoe Arroyo: Olympians on the Outside Katie Taylor Aims To Be Impressive on Broner-Garcia Card UK News: Singh Back With Warren; Buatsi and Cordina Return Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck on September 9 in Berlin Team Donaire Praise Ringstar, Target Mares, Santa Cruz, Frampton Ellerbe: Broner Will Prove All the Naysayers Wrong Against Garcia Jermell Charlo: I'm Backing GGG, Canelo Avoided Me and Brother! Frampton Wants Title at 130-Pounds, Revenge on Santa Cruz Barclays Center Giving Away 2 Mayweather-McGregor Tix Saturday Lawrence Okolie Back in Action on September 1 at York Hall News: Carmona-Martinez, Claressa Shields, Sparrow-Laviolette Nate Diaz Being Courted To Walk Mayweather Out For McGregor Linares: I Want Mikey Garcia - But I Doubt He Returns To 135 Lomachenko Dares Rigondeaux To Do 'Winner Takes All' Bout Jarrell Miller Hungers To KO Washington Quicker Than Wilder Did Victor Ortiz Warns Conor McGregor About "Mayweather's Elbows" Verdejo Wants To Fight in September While Flanagan Recovers NSAC Exec: No Reason Not To Approve Mayweather-McGregor Lomachenko Smiles: I'd Like To Welcome Salido To My University Photos: Mauricio Herrera, Jesus Soto Karass - Open Workouts Mayweather-McGregor Tickets - Update For General Public Manager: 100-1 Odds That Crawford, Indongo Won't Fight Lipinets! Photos: Vasyl Lomachenko Grinding Hard For Marriaga Defense Photos: Victor Ortiz in Beast Mode For Ring Return Top Rank Exec: ESPN to Televise Beterbiev-Koelling Nonito Donaire Inks Promotional With Ringstar Sports Mayweather-McGregor Tickets: Latest Facts, Trends, Information Artur Beterbiev vs. Enrico Koelling Purse Bid Won By Top Rank Victor Ortiz vs. Saul Corral - Undercard Information Broner: My Back is Against The Wall, Everyone Counting Me Out Dillian Whyte vs. Michael Grant Set For August 19, Says Hearn Showtime To Have Three Boxing Presentations on Saturday Saunders: No American Bum Beats Me, P*ssy Golovkin is Next! Mayweather-McGregor - U.S. Cinema Information, Tickets Garcia's Coach: Perfect Timing For Lomachenko Bout By Year End Hearn Confident Joshua-Klitschko Rematch Will Be 11/11 in Vegas Mikael Lawal Inks Promotional Pact With Team Sauerland
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement