Roy Jones: Cleverly Made Careless Error With Kovalev

By Frank Stea

Former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. felt Nathan Cleverly made a huge mistake last Saturday night in Wales, when he made a decision to stand toe to toe with a heavy-handed puncher like Sergey Kovalev. After four rounds, Cleverly went down three times before the referee waved off the fight. Jones expected Cleverly to do what he does best, stay at a distance and box.

"Cleverly didn't take the route that I expected him to take. I thought Cleverly would be smarter and he would box. He's from the Joe Calzaghe school of boxing. I thought he would throw a lot of punches and he would box. I never thought he would come right out and fight toe to toe with the guy. If I knew he was going to do that, then I would know he wouldn't win, because you can't sit down and fight a puncher toe to toe," Jones told ATG Radio.

"He surprised me with the way he approached the fight. I know he's listening to the commentators and how he has to be an exciting fighter but you have to do what you do best. Bernard Hopkins is not exciting at all, but he wins. And people continue to pay money to see him because he wins. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do and take a page out of Floyd's book and you have to win. As long as you win, people will see you again. “

“You can't go out there and satisfy the fans with your performance - especially when you are not a top-notch pound for pound guy who can do it all. The top-notch guys can do it all, but if you can't do it all then you have to concentrate on what you do best. You have to stick with what you do to win."

Frank Stea is a host/producer of ATG Radio which plays every Monday & Wednesday night from 7-9pm PST on You can follow him on twitter at @frankstea

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JamesEarl on 08-21-2013

Cleverly was no more a champion as Nate was given a title not earned it. Embarrassing how Cleverly went out in the KO.:alcoholic

Comment by Foreign Soil on 08-21-2013

Yep. Cleverly was scared of getting hit and rarely opened up to throw, and when he finally did, got countered and sent to the floor.

Comment by Levity on 08-21-2013

I don't see how Clev went out there trying to be entertaining as Roy suggests. He was very cautious from the opening bell, threw very few power punches, and seemed focused mainly on not getting hit. It seemed clear to…

Comment by Foreign Soil on 08-21-2013

Roy is such a can. He makes a careless error everytime he comments on a fight.

Comment by Sparked_26 on 08-21-2013

Clev himself knew he couldn't win after the 1st round. Has he ever fought effectively off the back foot? He is a very good fighter but seeing how that fight went it is hard to imagine how Clev could have…

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