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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 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.”

Cleverly: "I want to be a world champion again"

I’m ready to return and I can’t wait for November 30 at the Copper Box Arena and show that Nathan Cleverly is back.

I’ve got the hunger and desire back and I want to be a world champion again. I miss having the belt around my waist, but it’s not just about the belt.

I didn’t want to let my fans down, who have supported me in my career, my family down and more importantly I didn’t want to let myself down by going out on a loss, I knew deep down that I wanted to fight again and I just needed time to focus on what I wanted to do.

– Nathan Cleverly
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