Cleverly wants more belts

Image: Nathan Cleverly (r) must first deal with Tommy Karpency (l)

Ahead of Saturday's world-title defence against Tommy Karpency, Nathan Cleverly is already eyeing a future unification bout.

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British world champion eyeing unification fight in the summer

Ahead of Saturday's world-title defence against Tommy Karpency, Nathan Cleverly is already eyeing a future unification bout. The WBO light-heavyweight champion is the overwhelming favourite to retain his belt at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff against the American southpaw. The 25-year-old is unbeaten in 23 fights as a professional but is already confident of stretching that to 24 - and then moving on to bigger and better things in the summer with the likes of Beibut Shumenov and Tavoris Cloud in his sights. Cleverly said: "Provided we come through this in a good fashion I think there would be a unification fight not too far down the line. "Fighters like (WBA champion) Shumenov or (IBF belt-holder) Cloud, I would definitely like to fight one of those guys. "There is also the Chad Dawson against Bernard Hopkins fight coming up and I wouldn't mind facing the winner of that.

Future

"I think that fight will happen in the future but I think that would be towards the back end of 2012, but that could happen in the foreseeable future." For now, though, Cleverly is gearing up for his first fight on home soil in more than four years, and, after a tough training camp, the Welshman says he is raring to go. "I feel good, it's been a long camp but mentally I feel satisfied which is of number one importance," he said. "Physically I feel good, so we are ready for the big night, it's satisfying to go into one of the biggest nights of my life, my homecoming, in such a good position."

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