After being crushed by Sergey Kovalev and losing his WBO light heavyweight title this past August, Briton Nathan Cleverly faced few options for getting on with his career, none of them particularly attractive. Even after achieving some wins and working his way to another title shot, a process that would require a year or two, Cleverly would likely find his path blocked. Bernard Hopkins might finally fall prey to Father Time by then, but Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev will doubtless still be there, as will Jean Pascal, Lucian Bute, and Chad Dawson.
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Faced with such formidable opposition and a 175-lbs title picture that has become strongly centered in North America (even WBA titlist Beibut Shumenov fights in the U.S. most of the time), Cleverly has taken the time-tested path of stymied and past-their-prime boxers by moving up in weight.
This is especially apt for Cleverly, given the long relationship between the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. ...