21st May 2011
Nathan Cleverly will aim to put an hectic week behind him by beating Aleksy Kuziemsk at the 02 Arena on Saturday night and then claim himself the real WBO world light-heavyweight champion, even though he was handed the belt this week, when former champion Jurgen Braehmer was stripped, after failing to turn up for to face Cleverly in London.
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Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Tony Bellew was then lined up as a replacement. at Thursday’s press conference, but at the check weigh-in Bellew came in over 13 stone, with the light-heavyweight limit being 12st 7lb, and therefore had to forfeit his dream chance and a third opponent had to be sought.
In came stand-by, Poland’s Aleksy Kuziemski, who in good shape made the weight and signed to face the new champion Cleverly for the belt.
The 24-year-old Cleverly, admits to the past few days being frustrating for him, having prepared initially for Braehmer, then having an heated conference with Bellew, before he pulled out and to now facing Kuziemski at just 3 days notice. But the Welshman is now ready to put all that behind him. And with the fight being shown live on a big screen in New York’s Times Square, Cleverly is looking to make a statement in the first defence of his title.
“The fact it is being beamed out in Times Square is interesting, it adds extra spice to the fight,” said the Welshman.
“It’s a chance to get into the American market and make a statement over there. It would be good to win and put on a performance.
“I think I’ve been through everything in the last 48 hours, the main thing for me is that I’m still fighting and that all my hard work has not gone to waste.