Cleverly aiming for the top
World title ambitions for unbeaten 23-year-old
Last Updated: 03/07/10 11:29am
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."