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Cleverly vs Makabu Set For Golovkin Bill on Feb. 1

London / Johannesburg / Monte Carlo - Former WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly has replaced Pawel Kolodziej as an opponent for big-hitting cruiserweight Junior Makabu on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin’s championship fight at the Monte Carlo Boxing Bonanza on February 1, 2014.
 
The tournament is presented by Africa’s promotional giant, Golden Gloves of South Africa.
 
Cleverly (26-1, 12 KOs) stepped in after Kolodziej had second thoughts about facing the brutal puncher from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The pair will meet in a 10-round non-title bout.
 
“I’m very happy about the change,” enthused Berman. “Cleverly is a bigger name by far and has been in with outstanding boxers. The UK has a great heritage of producing top cruiserweights and Cleverly is another in this long line. I expect the fight against Makabu will be explosive.”
 
Makabu (15-1, 14 KOs) is arguably the most devastating puncher in the cruiserweight division with all but one of his wins having come by knockout.
 
Having recently surrendered his WBO title, Cleverly has decided to campaign at cruiserweight where he anticipates more success after an outstanding reign in which he ran up 26 straight wins.
 
A former European, British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion, the Welshman cleaned up in Britain before capturing the interim WBO title against Nabjib Mohammedi in 2010. He then beat Aleksy Kuziemski for the WBO title outright in his next fight, in 2011.
 
Four successful title defences followed, the best of them a stoppage defeat of Shawn Hawk in Los Angeles in 2012.
 
In Cleverly's most recent fight, he lost in four rounds to undefeated Sergey Kovalev in Cardiff, Wales in August, prompting his move up a division where he meets thedangerous Makabu.
 
Cleverly is excited to get the opportunity to regain a world title and end the year as world champion after losing his WBO crown.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JayCho on 12-28-2013

[QUOTE=US Dirk Killer;14074469]lol, Bellew didn't make it? Probably because he did nothing against Stevenson....literally nothing.... and looked so bad[/QUOTE] Fair point but shawn hawk did nothing against Cleverly! He had no right to be fighting for a world title!

Comment by knockoutkid on 12-28-2013

just had a look at this makubu felow and he's pretty decent he looks like he good beat any of the champions I like how he ko'd fields who dropped his hand probably thinking he was going to the body…

Comment by Mick Higgs on 12-28-2013

Clev should concentrate on a Lonsdale belt out-right! A fight with J.L.Dickinson would be cool!

Comment by Trudoe the.. on 12-28-2013

Way to go Nathan for not so Cleverly setting yourself up for an @$$ beating

Comment by Box-Office on 12-27-2013

Cleverly has guts but thats about it hes very short on the talent side. He should honestly retire hes over achieved for his caliber. British, Commonwealth, European, World titles. A Math degree to move on after boxing and a model…

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