Monday, 3 September 2012
03/09/2012 Nathan Cleverly's big announcement
And the big announcement from Nathan Cleverly has finally been confirmed, October 27th Motorpoint arena in Cardiff he will step up against Ukrainian Vyascheslav Uzelkov. A big disappointment from a British perspective as i was awaiting a big name announcement. The 27-2 33yr old will offer nothing more than slow punching and deteriorating stamina against the Welsh world champion.
Bernard Hopkins was the original target for Cleverlys promoter Frank Warren but after talks between the camps the agreements broke down and it would seem that Cleverly was left with no other option. I think many thought he may even look at a rematch against Tony Bellew, but i feel that Bellew at times had Cleverly rocked and the Welshman may not want that fight again any time soon.
A shame for Cleverly, as even a dominant win against Uzelkov will leave the World none the wiser to what Cleverly is really capable of. It comes at a time in his career when he should really look to be tested. I guess we will wait until next year. Hopefully the door will open to names like Dawson, Cloud and maybe Hopkins.