Nathan+Cleverly

After a break away from boxing Nathan Cleverly, who suggested retirement when losing his WBO light-heavyweight title after getting stopped by Sergey Kovalev in August, has now insisted he has recovered his will to become a world champion again and may consider coming back at cruiserweight.

“It was a matter of just getting away from boxing a bit and just enjoying myself,” said the revitalised Cleverly.

“Bit by bit towards the end of the break you start getting back to reality and leave those inclinations behind you.

“Those inclinations is what I’m going to base my future on and we’re going to give it another crack. It’s not to just give it a go it’s to become world champion again, I will put my heart and soul in it and that’s what I’ll do.

“It can be a real rollercoaster. I’d been on a high for however many years, winning all these belts and being unbeaten but all of a sudden I’ve been knocked off my perch.

“But the thought of going and getting that world title back is exciting me and it’s given me that buzz back and I was slightly losing that.”

The former Commonwealth, British and European champion added there is a genuine possibility he will consider fighting in the cruiserweight division.

“I’ve been five years light heavyweight now, since I was 20 years of age, so naturally my body has grown,” he added. “But I felt maybe I lost that snap at light heavyweight. I just feel the last couple of fights I’ve lost that snap. So cruiserweight could be the weight.”