Former WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly will return to the ring as a cruiserweight after confirming he will fight for the vacant Commonwealth title against Australian Daniel Ammann at the Copper Box Arena on November 30.
The 26-year-old Cefn Fforest man lost his unbeaten record and WBO light-heavyweight title when he was stopped by Sergey Kovalev in Cardiff in August, he had considerd retirement after the fight, but after a break he is relishing getting back in there and is motivated by the prospect of becoming a two-time world champion.
“I’m ready to return and I can’t wait for November 30th at the Copper Box Arena and show that Nathan Cleverly is back,” he said.
“I’ve got the hunger and desire back and I want to be a world champion again. I miss having the belt around my waist, but it’s not just about the belt.
“I didn’t want to let my fans down, who have supported me in my career, my family down and more importantly I didn’t want to let myself down by going out on a loss, I knew deep down that I wanted to fight again and I just needed time to focus on what I wanted to do.
“I was on a high for so long winning the British, Commonwealth and European titles in quick time and then winning the world title and making five successful defences. In five years I had 15 championship fights and I felt invincible.
“The loss to Kovalev has brought me back down to earth and made me realise what I want and that is to be world champion again. The thought of winning a second world title now really excites and motivates me, but the road back will be hard and I’m looking forward to testing my character and resolve.”
Aussie Ammann a southpaw, has a record of 29 victories in 35 fights and heads into the contest at the former Olympic venue off the back of an eight fight unbeaten run.
“It’s a good test for me on my return and the opportunity to win the Commonwealth title is a big motivator and will open doors for me,” said Cleverly.
“Ammann is a proper cruiserweight and has even fought at heavyweight, he’s been around a long time and will have plenty of experience. He looks like a big, rough, tough, Aussie and I’m not expecting an easy fight.
“The main thing for me is to show that I’m back in business and ready for my new campaign in the cruiserweight division and I want to put on a good show for the fans and press.”