WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly held a media workout session at his gym in the Welsh valley’s of his home town this week, in preparation for his title defence against British and Commonwealth belt holder Tony Bellew, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night.
The welsh world champion gave an impressive display of his finally tuned skills, slick gym moves and speed on the pads with Cleverly Sr, his dad and trainer as he enters the second half of fight week. Speaking to the press afterwards Cleverly said he is excited and ready to face the dangerous challenge of fiery Liverpudlian Bellew.
I’m serious, if I lost on Saturday night to Bellew then
yeah I probably would consider getting out of the sport, because I
haven’t come into it to lose.” – Nathan Cleverly.
“I’m feeling good and I’m excited and bubbling at the moment, I’m just looking forward to getting the fight on.” Cleverly told Frank Warren.tv
“The night is nearly here, now all the hype is going to be put behind and lets just get on with business.” he added.
Cleverly 24, has a degree in mathematics after graduating with honours and a successful career in numbers will always await the ‘Count of British boxing’. But the gifted Caerphilly man can use his body functions as well as his brain and combining the two gifts, make him a very capable boxing force indeed.
|Nathan Cleverly WBO light-heavyweight champion|
He takes part in boxing because it is something he loves to do and as his full time job for now, he has no plans to fall back on his educational papers to earn a living in the near future.
But Cleverly has stated that if he were to lose to 28 year-old underdog Bellew, then he would consider his future in boxing.
He feels that if he cant beat Bellew then he wasn’t good enough anyway, to get to where he wants to in the boxing…. But adding that is not going to happen!
“I’m serious, if I lost on Saturday night to Bellew then yeah I probably would consider getting out of the sport, because I haven’t come into it to lose.” insisted the champion.
“I’m in this sport to be a winner and get out as a champion.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge, I love a challenge and I’m just excited now to get the fight on.” – Nathan Cleverly
“If he was to cause an upset and beat me I’d probably just leave boxing where it is you know and do something else in life.
“He’s definitely potentially dangerous, they’res no doubt about that, with Tony he’s naturally heavy handed, obviously Ive took no punches off the guy yet, but his reputation speaks for itself, big puncher and he is a dangerous opponent no doubt.
“But overall I think with my boxing ability I should be overcoming this type of opposition and if I cant then what hope have I got in the sport.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge, I love a challenge and I’m just excited now to get the fight on.” added Cleverly.
By Chris Maylett