Cleverly inspired by Joe

Image: Cleverly: Out to emulate Calzaghe

Nathan Cleverly is out to follow the example of compatriot Joe Calzaghe by knocking out unbeaten Karo Murat in the first round.

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Unbeaten champion out to emulate Calzaghe's success

Nathan Cleverly is out to follow the example of compatriot Joe Calzaghe by knocking out unbeaten Karo Murat in the first round. The unbeaten British, Commonwealth and European champion is set to meet Iranian-based German Murat for the WBO interim light-heavyweight belt on September 18 in Birmingham. And Cleverly will aim to follow in the footsteps of Calzaghe, an unbeaten holder of the WBO super-middleweight title during his distinguished career, at the LG Arena. Calzaghe blew away Murat's fellow German Mario Veit in the opening round of their bout in 2001 - and Cleverly has been inspired by that fight. "Joe was great that night," said Cleverly, who will be fighting on Frank Warren's Magnificent Seven event, live and exclusive on Sky Box Office. "It was occasions like that that made me want to become a professional fighter.

Power

"It was a pretty miserable night to be German, and I'll make sure Murat gets the same kind of treatment. "My power has been improving with every fight as I begin to grow up. When I started out as an 18-year-old professional I was a gangly super-middleweight who didn't really punch. "Now I'm a big light-heavyweight and I've got the tools to take anyone out. "I've got a lot of respect for Murat, because anyone who is undefeated is going to be dangerous and is going to be coming thinking they can win. "But I'm going to be so positive right from the start because I remember how the crowd got behind Joe when he took it to Veit all those years ago."

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