Nathan CleverlyCredit: Esther Lin / Showtime
Recently it was announced that the WBO light-heavyweight champion, Welshman Nathan Cleverly, will square off against Russian contender Sergey Kovalev in a clash of unbeaten up-and-comers that should excite. The fight will take place at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales (Cleverly’s home country) on 17th August later this year.
The announcement was a small surprise given Kovalev had been heavily linked with a shot at Bernard Hopkins’ IBF title, whilst Cleverly has received criticism over the last 12 months for not facing the best possible opponents. The script has not been rewritten, but it has been edited, and two of the division’s best fresh faces meeting one another will only add impetus to a division that is undergoing a transformation started by Adonis Stevenson’s recent shocking one round knockout of light heavyweight kingpin Chad Dawson.
The fight will be an acid test for both men as they prepare themselves for assaults on the ...