Vince Cleverly: Nathan heading for cruiserweight in 2014

Phil Jay 25/07/2012

Nathan Cleverly is eyeing up a potential move up to cruiserweight in the next couple of years as the current WBO light-heavyweight attempts to unify his current division before moving up to 200lbs.

Reports of a move to heavyweight are premature though according to Cleverly’s father and trainer Vince, who told WBN that the top division could be an option in the future, but is likely to be years down the line.

“We have spoken about maybe trying heavyweight, but not for a good few years yet,” Vince told World Boxing News.

“It would be an option that we would look at but Nathan is still eighteen months away from cruiserweight and would have a few more years filling into that weight.

“We have just got to see how things go and at present are taking things one fight at a time.”

Cleverly, 25, is currently negotiating with WBA title holder Beibut Shumenov about a possible fight in Las Vegas later this year and has also been linked to a fight with middleweight legend Bernard Hopkins on many occasions in the past.

The Welshman remains undefeated in his 24 contests so far and last time out scored a wide points victory over American Tommy Karpency in Cardiff.

A potential unification with Shumenov would certainly be Cleverly’s toughest test to date and would move him closer to his dream of being the best at 175ls before an assault on the cruiserweight division.