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Cleverly Welcomes Hopkins, Cloud, Shumenov Bouts

By Luis Sandoval

WBO Light Heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly will be making his second trip overseas from the United Kingdom to the United States as he will defend his title against late replacement Shawn Hawk. Cleverly was originally supposed to face Ryan Coyne but due to Coyne’s promotional disputes with Don King not being settled, he was forced to pull out.

With only 5 days notice of his new opponent, Cleverly isn’t too bothered as he’s had this happen to him in the past. His main focus is being able to get a win and look impressive as he fights in the US for only his second time.

“That is the idea to come to the states and gain some US exposure and make a statement and hopefully in 2013 set up the big unification fight. So this is the plan for me” Cleverly would tell BoxingScene.

While Cleverly may not be in boxing’s deepest division, there are still big fights for him to make against the other champions. He feels he’s ready to step up to the next level and test himself against the best.

“I believe I can be the best but believing it and actually producing it is different. I just want the opportunity to prove it. And once I get in the ring with these top guys, that [will] be the challenge. Can I step up and can I beat these top fighters and I believe I can. So that’s the goal” said Cleverly.

“I think in 1 or 2 fights time I’ll be ready. I think this fight on Saturday is more experience as a world champion. I’m still 25 years of age but I think after Saturday night, I believe I’m ready for those guys and test myself against the best.”

While Cleverly is indeed ready for a big challenge, he doesn’t have a specific opponent in mind at the moment. He does however acknowledge the options available to him and would welcome them all.

“There’s a few names. We got Beibut Shumenov, the WBA champion. Tavoris Cloud, the IBF [champion]. And [Bernard] Hopkins. Hopkins is still around. A former champion and great fighter so that would be a great fight. Anyone of those names” said the Wales native.

Cleverly is looking to put on an impressive performance this Saturday night at the Staples Center and plans for a big 2013.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mikeMack on 11-11-2012

Cleverly is weak no footwork arm puncher with no muscle tone. Not a top fighter and poorly trained is Cleverly.

Comment by the_kid_08 on 11-10-2012

This time next year Cleverley will be #1 light heavyweight in the world and top 5 pound for pound

Comment by IronDanHamza on 11-10-2012

Cleverly's career going very much like Calzaghe's. I remember he said similar things at the same stage of his career whilst also defending his paper belt against unranked opposition.

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 11-10-2012

Stop ducking Campillo.

Comment by toshmurph on 11-10-2012

[QUOTE=grape drink;12683391]Clev is never gonna fight any of those guys....[/QUOTE] Guys need to relax, he's only 25. It's not exactly his fault he's not fought these guys yet.

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