Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Nathan Cleverly Eager To Impress, Knock Kuziemski Silly

Nathan Cleverly is eager to put on a show tonight after learning his WBO light-heavyweight title defence against Aleksy Kuziemski will be televised on the big screen in New York's Times Square.

Cleverly was upgraded from 'interim' champion to full title holder this week and makes the first defence of his belt at the O2 Arena in London.

However, he already has one eye on "defining" high-profile fights against the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Jean Pascal, Chad Dawson and Carl Froch and knows he must build his profile if he is to secure them.

American broadcaster Epix is screening the fight Stateside with extra publicity garnered by showing it on the huge screen in one of the world's busiest tourist hotspots.

"I've got to put on a show," Cleverly told Press Association Sport. "The fact it is being beamed out in Times Square is interesting, it adds extra spice to the fight.

"It's a chance to get into the American market and make a statement over there. It would be good to win and put on a performance."

Cleverly had been set to challenge Juergen Braehmer for the WBO title but the German pulled out, only for the WBO to strip him and make Cleverly champion.

Promoter Frank Warren then brought in Cleverly's domestic rival Tony Bellew to challenge the new champion in an exciting all-British scrap before problems making the weight forced the Liverpudlian out.

Mathematics graduate Cleverly (21-0, 10KOs) will therefore face little-known Kuziemski (21-2, 5KOs) and Welshman admitted: "It (maths) is easier, I tell you - there are less problems!

"This is boxing, though, I've seen it all before and had it done to me before. So here we are again.

"I'll be fine, I'll be focused and get on with business."

Germany-based Pole Kuziemski made the weight easily yesterday and revealed afterwards he had been training for a fortnight anyway.

"I've been working very hard in the last two weeks for a fight," he said.

"Boxing is boxing, we can't say how the fight will go tonight but it's a dream, I'm excited.

"Lennox Lewis was a role model for me, he was a very intelligent boxer and I try to fight the same way.

"I think it could go the full 12-round distance tonight. We'll see."

The main attraction tonight will be the grudge match between 2008 Olympic gold medalist James DeGale and former amateur stablemate George Groves, with the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles at stake.

Groves won their only meeting in the unpaid ranks in 2005 en route to his ABA championship triumph and DeGale is relishing his shot at revenge.

The 25-year-old told Press Association Sport: "I've waited six years for this.

"I was robbed six years ago and this is the story. It all adds up. He beat me as an amateur - well, 'beat me' in inverted commas - but I went to the Olympic Games for our country and won a gold medal.

"Now we're both professionals so let's see who is the best now."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Frampton Doesn't Believe Santa Cruz Will Try to Box in Rematch Froch: Chavez Jr. is Good Fight For Canelo To Prepare For Golovkin Thurman Trainer: Keith is Faster, Stronger, Smarter Than Garcia Bellew: Haye Has No Real Friends After Booting Adam Booth Gilberto Ramirez Wants The Biggest Fights Possible in 2017 Dale Evans: When I Get My Shot, I’ll Win British Title For Mike Towell Jake Ball To Return, After First Loss, On March 17 Hearn: ITV PPV Idea is Likely Delusion and Greed From Eubank Sr. Conwell: I've Boxed In Higher Class Than Bowen, Will Win That Title Saunders: People Must Realize - GGG, Canelo Must Get Through Me World Boxing Council Breaks Down Ongoing Drug Testing Program Black Hitler - Boxing And The Anti-PBC Effect Danny Garcia: I'm Sure I'll Fight Khan - Once He Rebuilds Career Schaefer: Tony Yoka Could Become The Anthony Joshua of France Terry Flanagan vs. Petr Petrov Will Have U.S. TV, Says Pelullo White: I Won't Do Business With Arum For Pacquiao vs. McGregor! Erick De Leon Aims To Get a Knockout Win on Solo Boxeo Tony Yoka Pumped To Go Pro With Richard Schaefer, Virgil Hunter Francisco Vargas vs. Miguel Berchelt - Undercard Information Tyron Zeuge vs. Isaac Ekpo - Purse Bid Ordered For January 31 David Haye: Bellew Looked Fat and Nervous - He'll Be KO'd Quick Funeka Warns Pacquiao To Take Horn Serious or Suffer Shock Loss Braekhus vs. Svensson is Pushed Back To February 24 Liam Williams vs. Liam Smith For WBO European Belt, April 8 Photos: Fury, Saunders, Adams, Smith-Williams, Flanagan Presser Chocolatito: No Problem Facing Cuadras, But Focus is on Rungvisai Hearn: No Interest in Khan's Proposed 70-30 Split for Brook Bout Yuriorkis Gamboa Inks Promotional With Golden Boy Promotions Nicola Adams Turns Pro With Frank Warren, Will Debut On April 8 Top Rank President Lays Out Michael Conlan's Plan To Stardom Cancer-Free Father Made Camp Less Stressful for Leo Santa Cruz Lara's Coach: Canelo Does Not Have The Style To Beat Golovkin Angel Garcia: Danny Could Ruin Thurman's Career, Like Matthysse's Daily Bread Mailbag: Mayweather-Ali, Cotto-Kirkland, Jack, More Judge Sets Down Terms To Lift Ban on Edwin Valero Movie Nicola Adams Leaves Team GB Boxing Setup, Free To Pursue Other Opportunities Steve Goodwin Updates on Stable, Looks Ahead, Reflects on 2016 Eubank Jr: DeGale is One of The Best at 168? That's Embarrassing! Golovkin's Coach on The Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. Catch-Weight Randy Caballero To Return on March 23 on ESPN Card
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement