Cleverly: Now I'm Refreshed After Kovalev KO Defeat
By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
NATHAN CLEVERLY has vowed to take the cruiserweight division by storm after an impressive comeback win over Shawn Corbin.
The Welshman stopped the 39-year-old in the second round to get his career back on track in Cardiff.
Cleverly, 27, lost his WBO light-heavyweight title nine months ago when was beaten by the big-hitting Sergey Kovalev.
He took a break from the ring before deciding to move up a division, and now has his eyes set on winning another world title.
He said: "Bit by bit we have to step it up. I have to earn my shot at the world title and I'm prepared to do that.
"I just wanted to eradicate the memory of that first loss and I'm relieved we're back with a win.
"Initially it was difficult, mentally I was flattened by the loss and it was a big dent but I am refreshed and physically I feel good. I feel stronger and I've got more energy.
"There are some big guys in the divisions, Corbin was a lump but I'm bigger as well. There are some good punchers too but I've got to develop into this cruiserweight division.
"I believe I can bring my attributes - my speed, my fitness so they'll have to worry about me as well."
Cleverly also has his eyes on a potential rematch with domestic rival Tony Bellew on his way to that world title shot.
The pair met in 2011 with the Welshman claiming a close points win, and they are set for another clash in November if they both win their next fight this summer.
Cleverly added: "We've set that fight up nicely, it's a domestic grudge match and fight fans love those.
"It's a proper rivalry. We were at it from the first press conference, it was very heated. He wants to be number one and I want to be number one."
The whole build-up to me is a joke. They're trying to hype it like it's the fight everyone wants to see. They started it at the beginning of the year, and it will finish at the end of the year…Comment by JoshuaGOAT on 05-19-2014
I'm hoping that bomber knocks him spark out. [url]https://vine.co/v/Mb3tTX57xwm[/url]Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 05-19-2014
One of the great things about being a British boxing fan is that you get so many exciting domestic fights on TV.Comment by kafkod on 05-19-2014
Yeah, it wouldn't be a title fight, and it's not Pac vs JMM 5. But for a domestic level fight, this a great match. And why be so dismissive of Cleverly and Bellew as world class fighters? Ok, they were…Comment by ukalltheway on 05-19-2014
[QUOTE=Box-Office;14566917]It's a solid fight with a good rivalry building up for years. The fact that the first fight was for a title was a joke. I don't rate Bellew and Clev as World level at all, but fights like these…Post a Comment/View More User Comments (8)