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Cleverly: 'Tony Bellew will not hear the final bell'

Nathan Cleverly celebrates beating Alejandro Emilio Valori during their WBA Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title fight Credit: PA

Nathan Cleverly has vowed to step up his quest to become a two-weight world champion by disposing of Tony Bellew in their rematch in Liverpool on November 22.

The Welshman beat Bellew via majority decision in the same city in October 2011 but went on to lose his WBO light-heavyweight title in a knockout defeat to Sergey Kovalev last year.

Bellew also suffered a jolting loss at the hands of Adonis Stevenson in Quebec last November but the pair now campaign at cruiserweight where they hope to muscle back in on the title picture.

Nathan Cleverly (left) in action against Shaun Corbin Credit: PA

Many people have asked me why I am going back to Liverpool to fight Tony Bellew again and the answer is simple - I don't like him.

He talks too much and although I've beaten him before in front of his home fans, I am going to KO him this time around. He will not hear the final bell, I can guarantee you that.

I will deal with him all over again and become a two-weight world champion.

– Nathan Cleverly

There is clearly bad blood between the pair and Bellew insists he will claim a victory comprehensive enough to send Cleverly into retirement.

Tony Bellew celebrates win his WBO International cruiserweight title fight Credit: PA

I have been waiting for this fight for three years and now it is here revenge is the only thing on my mind.

This is a chapter in my life that I need to close and I will do that by ending Nathan Cleverly's career on November 22.

I am in the sport to be successful and win titles but this fight means more to me than any of that - this is personal, and he will not want to enter a boxing ring after I have finished with him.

– Tony Bellew


Cleverly confident of victory in Bellew rematch

Nathan Cleverly is set to fight rival Tony Bellew in Liverpool in November. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Caerphilly-born boxer Nathan Cleverly is set to take on bitter rival Tony Bellew in a rematch in Liverpool in November.

Their last clash saw Cleverly successfully defend his WBO World Light Heavyweight title in October 2011 and the Welshman is confident that he'll defeat Bellew again now they're both fighting at Cruiserweight.

I beat him in front of his people before and this time I'm going to knock him out in front of his people. There will be no final bell in this fight, it's going to be brutal.

– Nathan Cleverly

A date for the fight, to be held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, will be revealed next week.

Cleverly eyes rematch with Bellew

Nathan Cleverly in action against Shawn Corbin Credit: PA photo

Nathan Cleverly is targeting a rematch with bitter rival Tony Bellew... if he can get through his latest fight in Liverpool this evening. The 27 year old from Cefn Forest faces Argentinian Alejandro Emilio Valori at the Echo Arena later in his second outing at Cruiserweight.

If the Welshman and Bellew - who fights Julio Cesar Dos Santos on the same bill - should both win, it'll pave the way for what Cleverly has described as a "genuine grudge match" - maybe in November.

The Welsh fighter prevailed on points in the pervious meeting between the pair in 2011. But he lost his WBO Light Heavyweight Title to Sergey Kovalev last August. Since then, the University maths graduate has made the step up to Cruiserweight, seeing off Shawn Corbin within 2 rounds in May.

Victories for Welsh boxers Lee Selby and Gavin Rees

There were also victories for fellow Welsh boxers Lee Selby and Gavin Rees, alongside Nathan Cleverly in Cardiff last night.

Featherweight Selby, 27 and from Barry, beat Romulo Koasicha to state his case for a world title fight in the future.

Lee Selby outpointed Mexican Koasicha in each round. Credit: PA

Former WBA light-welterweight champion Gavin Rees, 34, beat Welsh compatriot Gary Buckland in his final fight.

Gavin Rees (left) earned revenge over Gary Buckland, after a previous defeat. Credit: PA

Nathan Cleverly wins on cruiserweight debut

Nathan Cleverly secured a comfortable victory on his debut at cruiserweight, in Cardiff last night.

The Welsh boxer forced a second-round stoppage against 39-year-old Shawn Corbin, from Trinidad and Tobago.

Cleverly claimed the vacant WBA Inter-Continental title with victory. Credit: PA

It was Cleverly's first fight since he lost his WBO light-heavyweight title to Sergey Kovalev last August.

The 27-year-old from Cefn Fforest spent nine months out of the ring, assessing his future and then switching weight divisions, trainer and promoter.

Cleverly dominated his opponent to win within two rounds. Credit: PA

It took him only six minutes to dispatch Corbin at the Motorpoint Arena, landing an uppercut before peppering his opponent with shots, that meant the referee stepped in to end the fight.


Cleverly prepares for Cardiff cruiserweight debut

Cleverly in action against Sergey Kovalev in August last year Credit: PA

Nathan Cleverly is preparing to make his cruiserweight debut in Cardiff tonight.

The 27-year-old has not fought since losing his WBO light-heavyweight title in a four-round defeat to Sergey Kovalev in August.

He'll take on 39-year-old Sean Corbin at the capital's Motorpoint Arena.

Cleverly to fight Corbin in Cruiserweight debut

Nathan Cleverly against Sergey Kovalev for the WBO Light Heavyweight Title. Credit: PA

Nathan Cleverly will face Guyana-based Sean Corbin when he makes his debut at Cruiserweight next month.

The former light heavyweight champion makes his first return to the ring since losing his WBO crown to Russia's Sergey Kovalev last August in a change to his weight division that the Cefn Forrest fighter hopes will reignite his world title aspirations.

Guyana-based WBC Caribbean champion Corbin will offer a stern test for Cleveley's debut in his new division, bringing a record of 17 wins with 12 KOs to Cardiff on May 17th.

Promoter Eddie Hearn says he hopes the match-up will help the Welshman move on to bigger fights in the year ahead.

“I can't wait to see Nathan back in action at Cruiserweight,” said Hearn. “Corbin has only been beaten when he has stepped up to top level and will come into the fight with plenty of size and ambition. Nathan must win and look good doing so with so many huge fights just around the corner.”

Welsh Amateur Boxing Association 'not fit for purpose'

An independent audit of the Welsh Amateur Boxing Association (WABA) says the organisation is "not fit for purpose" and auditors have "been unable to satisfy ourselves that there was no fraud."

The report was commissioned by the Welsh Government, Sport Wales and WABA, and carried out by accountants KTS Owens Thomas.

It said WABA, in its current state, "does not qualify to receive public money", and Sport Wales "must consider the implications of this finding."

In 2012, WABA - which controls amateur boxing in Wales - received £190,000 in Sport Wales grants, as part of its £237,000 total revenue.

The Welsh Amateur Boxing Association gets the majority of its funding from Sport Wales.

The report said "We have not found evidence of fraud, but have been unable to satisfy ourselves that there was no fraud. This is the result of the absence of sufficient financial records."

"There are few checks, limited evidence of authorisation of expenditure, no external examination of the financial activities or controls and an absence of much supporting documentation."

The Welsh Amateur Boxing Association says it accepts "the wider recommendations and appreciates that improvements can be made."

"We are working closely with Sport Wales to address the recommendations in the report, and have an agreed 12 month action plan. Progress has already begun in addressing the recommendations."

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