Former world champion Nathan Cleverly says he will only take part in ‘real fight’s, with ‘elite boxers’ for the rest of his career.

The Cefn Forest boxer has lost three of his last six fights but still has ambitions of becoming world champion again.

“Every fight now till the end of my career, until I hang the gloves up I’ll go to war,” Cleverly said.

“Real fights against elite fighters, world title belts or top level fighters on the big stage, only those now till the end of my career.”

“I could happily have stayed unbeaten against fringe contenders,” he added. “But I tested myself against Kovalev, who is probably the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.

“Obviously I lost my last fight, but again Fonfara is an elite level fighter.”

Although Cleverly says retirement is not an option, he concedes that he is concerned about the effect on his health.

“There’s a large element of me which says you don’t want many of those fights,” he said.

“They’re brutal, your nose is broken, your face is swollen and you can feel the swelling around your brain.

“You definitely don’t want too many of them but I’m prepared to do it again.”

Cleverly is said to be chasing a fight with German Juergen Braehmer who holds the WBA light-heavyweight title.