More to come from Cleverly
Nathan Cleverly has warned his rivals that boxing will no longer be a "hobby" for him after he graduates.
By Rachel Griffiths
Last Updated: 15/02/10 7:22pm
Nathan Cleverly has warned the rest of the light-heavyweight division that boxing will no longer be a "hobby" for him once he finishes his maths degree this summer.
The Welshman was crowned European champion on Saturday night with a superb fifth-round stoppage of Italian Antonio Brancalion at the Wembley Arena, and is now targeting world title glory after he graduates in May.
Despite already having the British, Commonwealth and now European titles under his belt all before turning 23 this week, the Cefn Forest fighter insists his boxing is set to drastically improve when he fully commits himself to the sport later this year.
"Listen, I'm still a mathematics student in university," said Cleverley.
"I haven't taken this sport seriously yet, this is just a hobby for me. I promise you.
"I'm just part-time in the gym really and it's a hobby, this is all just fun. It's just a sport I enjoy.
"My education comes first and when I graduate, you're going to see another 25 percent.
"The old motto is speed kills. And in the last 18 months I've really matured and grown into a light-heavyweight.
"There's another 25 percent to come and I'm starting to show that I'm a knockout puncher as well, to go along with the boxing skills."