By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
NATHAN CLEVERLY reckons winning the world light-heavyweight title will set up a mouthwatering all-British clash with Carl Froch.
Unbeaten Welshman Nathan Cleverly, who has won British, Commonwealth and European titles, faces Germany’s WBO champion Juergen Braehmer, 32, at London’s O2 Arena on May 21.
Despite only being 24, the Cardiff University maths graduate plans to have only six more fights and quit within three years.
Cleverly wants one of those fights to be against WBC super-middleweight champion Froch. The Nottingham brawler, 33, defends his world title against Jamaican Glen Johnson in the Super Six semi-final on June 4 and Cleverly hopes Froch then steps up a division after he is finished in the tournament later this year.
He said: “If I beat Braehmer and get the world title it will open so many doors. Carl Froch would be a great one for the UK.
“Provided Carl wins the Super Six then moves up to light-heavyweight and I win the world title, I don’t see why it can’t happen. He wanted Joe Calzaghe but Joe has retired and isn’t coming back.
“I’m the next big thing and was Joe’s understudy so we can get it on and have a great battle.
“The sooner it happens the better for British boxing fans. We need a big fight like that because we are lacking big fights.
“Carl is a great fighter and he puts his heart and soul on the line like me. I think it’d be a really top class war. But I’ve got to get the world title first.”