Cleverly aiming for the top

World title ambitions for unbeaten 23-year-old

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Cleverly aiming for the top

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Unbeaten British, Commonwealth and European champion Nathan Cleverly is aiming for the top after completing his maths degree.

Despite studying at Cardiff University, Cleverly's boxing career has flourished - with the Caerphilly light-heavyweight unbeaten in 19 fights.

He is now out to add a world title to his collection, with his showdown with Karo Murat in Birmingham set to be for the WBO interim belt.

The fight on September 18 could yet be for the full title if champion Juergen Braehmer loses his appeal against a 16-month prison sentence for assault and insulting behaviour.

And the 23-year-old Cleverly is determined to give boxing his all now he no longer has to combine training with studying.


"This has been a really busy time for me," he said.

"Straight after my European title success in February I was straight into the books to get ready for my exams.

"It's a bit frustrating because I wanted to leave the books and concentrate on going for a world title.

"But the work's done now, the degree is behind me so it's onwards and upwards for my boxing career.

"For the first time in my life I can concentrate solely on boxing.

"You've seen what I could do when I was a student - now that the degree is behind me you'll see a 50% improvement."

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Anthony Moran says...

Being a Welshman it is fantastic to see Cleverly aiming for the top backed with some great performances. However, he needs to stop believing that his performances will what he quotes 'improve by 50%' simply because he has finished his maths degree. He comes across a level headed, intelligent guy, but on the flip side maybe studying for his degree kept him focussed with his feet on the ground and away from the glamour of the boxing world. I just hope that he continues to develop in a patient, intelligent manner. I look forward to the future, it will be great to see another Welshman at the mecca of the boxing world!

Posted 10:01 3rd July 2010

Karl Hartley says...

Nathan Cleverley is a very exciting prospect in domestic boxing and definately one who can pick up a world title for Britain. His punching power as improved greatly in his last few fights. I can see him developing his potential Knock Out power even further.

Posted 23:02 2nd July 2010

Jerry Coughlan says...

Nathan Cleverly has a Major Future in Boxing ! His had some Great Fights and he has his head screwed on right !! I think in 4 Years he will be a World Champion!! Looking forward to sept 18th ! Excellent Night Frank Warren has put together, With Rhodes, Cleverly, Chisora, Brook, Macklin, Sexton, Jennings, Gavin and all the rest on the Bill !! Good follow up to the Mitchell Fight at Upton Park !! As Stated some greta Fights it will be a great event on Sky Sports, Will defo be coming over from Ireland !!

Posted 11:14 2nd July 2010

Welsh David says...

C'mon Clev! Hope you can dominate like Joe did. Good to see a welshman at the top of british boxing again! good luck!

Posted 10:23 2nd July 2010

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