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Cleverly Seeks Kovalev Rematch

By Clive Bernath: A few days after Nathan Cleverly was convincingly taken apart by Russian puncher Sergey Kovalev in defence of his WBO light-heavyweight crown the 26 year-old was seriously thinking about hanging up his gloves. But less than two months Cleverly has decided to fight on-and his target is an immediate rematch with Kovalev.


Back in August there was only ever going to be one winner but that has not stopped the Welsman from seeking revenge.


"There’s only one fight I want and that’s the rematch - I don’t care about the money," Cleverly told BBC Radio Wales Sport. "Am I going to get it? Who knows?


"I’ll try my best to get it, I’ll go to America for it. It’s not about the money for me - it’s not about the pay-day - it’s about having that chance to get my title back."


To be fair to Cleverly, the 30 year-old Russian powerhouse is arguably the most avoided fighter at 176lbs and with 20 ko’s from 23 starts its not difficult to see why which is why Cleverly should be applauded for taking the fight in the first place.


The truth be told Cleverly looked like he was getting hurt with nearly every punch that landed, Nathan admitted as much to BBC Radio Wales but he still wants the opportunity regain his WBO title.


"This guy, wow he hits hard you know,” said Cleverly.” I’ve sparred with big punchers before and sparred heavyweights and I’ve fought good punchers but, this guy, he does hit freakishly hard. But I would still love the opportunity again.


"Everything was going to plan in that fight, and [then] I got caught. And when I got caught it spiralled downhill then because I couldn’t recover. But hopefully if we get the rematch I’ll avoid getting caught with the big punch and maybe take him into my territory.


Cleverly added: "If he beats me a second time I’ll hold my hands up and congratulate him, but the chance to fight for my world title again - that’s what I want next."


Fair play to Cleverly for wanting to jump right back into the lion’s den but surely the sensible move would be to have a few confidence boosting fights before challenging for another world title? He only need look at what happened to David Price when he jumped back in to face the same fighter that took his unbeaten record away.


October 3, 2013

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