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Nathan Cleverly returns with 24-second knockout victory

Wales' former world champion boxer Nathan Cleverly took just 24 seconds to knock out Czech opponent Tomas Man on his return to action last night.

Nathan Cleverly wasted no time in knocking out Tomas Man at the O2 Arena. Credit: PA

It was the 28-year-old from Caerphilly's first fight since defeat to Tony Bellew at cruiserweight last November.

Nathan Cleverly is looking to rebuild his reputation after high-profile defeats. Credit: PA

Cleverly, a former WBO world light-heavyweight champion, is now hoping to challenge Juergen Braehmer for the WBA light-heavweight belt in September.


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.

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