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.
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.”
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.