Cleverly: I Look Forward to Doing The Business on Bellew

Nathan Cleverly hopes to remain on course for an 'inevitable' rematch with Tony Bellew when he makes his cruiserweight debut on Saturday.

Cleverly's first fight in his new division will be against Shaun Corbin at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena, live on Sky Sports.

He made the move after losing his WBO light-heavyweight title in a stoppage defeat to Sergey Kovalev, joining Bellew who also stepped up to cruiserweight in search of fresh opportunities.

WBC king Adonis Stevenson wrecked Bellew's title hopes by halting him in November, but he returned with a late stoppage defeat over Valery Brudov, despite a seventh round scare.

Cleverly already holds a points win over his bitter rival after an exciting battle in 2011 and the pair are back on a collision course as the Welshman has linked up with promoter Eddie Hearn, who also handles Bellew's career.

"We're in the same division and have the same promoter now so it's inevitable," said Cleverly.

"The first fight was a cracker and people want to see the rematch, so it makes sense now. We're building it up nicely and when he got hit by that right hand by Brudov in the seventh round I was thinking 'please don't go over', because I want the rematch.

"If he keeps winning and I keep winning, we're going to get it on. There's no doubt we're on a collision course, it's 1-0 to me and I'm looking forward to making it 2-0.

"I am 6ft 2in and Tony is tall too, so getting down to the weight is tough. It's good that Tony is in the division, the more competitive fights and big names in the division the better it is. The first fight was good, the second fight is likely to be good, and with the same result.

"He looked powerful against Brudov, he took him out and was a game guy but Tony knocked him off his feet three times and showed good power. Brudov had a bit of pedigree and was going to give Tony a fight, it's the Russian's instinct to fight, but he was there to hit and he was made for Bellew.

"We know how much fight fans love domestic rivalries, and me and Bellew we don't like each other. That's a good selling point but we can both fight and it will be entertaining and I'm looking forward to doing the business again."

Cleverly's clash with Corbin is part of a packed line-up with Lee Selby facing Mexican Romulo Koasicha in a WBC featherweight title eliminator.

Former world champion Gavin Rees bows out of the pro game with an eagerly awaited rematch against Gary Buckland, while hot prospect Callum Smith will take on Swansea's Tobias Webb.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Andre Wardttke on 05-13-2014

[QUOTE=yoz;14548150]Cleverly seems mentally fragile. Wouldn't be surprised if he lost at the weekend.[/QUOTE] He really does sound a broken man. Kovalev took his soul.

Comment by SnakeVen0m on 05-13-2014

I'm really interested in seeing how he performs at CW.

Comment by yoz on 05-13-2014

Cleverly seems mentally fragile. Wouldn't be surprised if he lost at the weekend.

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