By Ryan Waugh in London: Nathan Cleverly will look to continue his unblemished record of 24 wins when he takes on German based Serbian boxer Robin Krasniqi at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 28th April.
This will be the fourth defence of his WBO light-heavyweight belt against Munich based Krasniqi who has a tidy record of, 37-2-0, to his name.
The 24-year-old will provide Cleverly with a stern test of his credentials as he has only tasted two defeats at the start of professional career and is currently on a run of 36 victories in a row.
However, Cleverly is the current champion and is yet to taste defeat in his professional career to date. The Welshman’s success is down to a rock solid relationship with his coach, mentor and father, Vincent Cleverly.
The pair have been together since 2008 and their first fight collectively was the Tony Oakey bout at the Everton Park Sports Centre on the 10 October 2008. Since then, the 25-year-old from Cefn Forest has taken the light-heavyweight division by storm.
His father is a very proud man and always knew his son has something unique at an early age. Cleverly Snr said: “To be honest, this is no lies. I first watched Nathan fight when he was a 12-year-old kid in a little place called the Arthur Barn, Aberbargoed.
“From the very first fight, I could see something in him. His technique, his body shoots were clinical, he stopped the guy with a body shot in that fight and I sensed he had something special,” said Cleverly Snr.
“I said to his mother that this boy is going to be a world champion one day and I have been proven right.
While the family duo have gone from strength to strength, the wins have just kept coming. Since the two joined forces, Nathan has won his last 12 bouts and defeated some tricky customers along the way.
One of his most notable victory’s might be the second successful defence of his WBO belt against Liverpool’s Tony Bellew, but his father insists that the clash with Nadjib Mohammedi was when he was most worried.
“The Nadjib Mohammedi preparation was all a bit wrong, Nathan had prepared for a 36-year-old and he failed to turn up,” said Cleverly Snr.
“We then had to fight the Frenchman at late notice and he was an unorthodox guy-who could box all different shapes and angles. Nathan wasn’t prepared for that at the time but it was another learning curve for him.
“That’s one thing Nathan has going for him-he always finds a way to win and champions always tend to have this in their armoury.”
With the Welshman still learning and developing, Vincent does not think his son will be fully at his peak for another five years as the talk of a Bernard Hopkins or Chad Dawson clash in the summer, start to heat up.
“There is no rush, he is still only 25, he is still progressing and learning and he will probably peak at about 29 or 30 years of age,” said Cleverly Snr.
“We would have to get better sparring partners in if we were to face either of them two. We will just have to see how things go and leave that up to Frank Warren and I’m sure he will make that happen.
“The last fight in Wales was absolutely electric, the atmosphere was really special and the crowd got their money’s worth with a good 12 round fight.
“Whether it’s Dawson, Hopkins, Tavoris Cloud or Carl Froch-we cannot wait to take on the best and we are prepared to fight in Vegas or anywhere around the world for these fights.”
With Cleverly in tip top condition as he prepares for his 25th professional fight-the winning partnership of father and son is set to continue for sometime to come.
March 19, 2012