Nathan Cleverly eyes cruiserweight, warned against move by ex-pro’s

Former world light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly has admitted that his first defeat to Sergey Kovalev recently has made him further assess where he goes next with his boxing career.

The Welshman, who suffered a crushing stoppage loss to the big-punching Russian in August, is unsure whether he will return to 175lbs and Cleverly even admitted that he is yet to decide when he will get back in the gym.

“My loss maybe a blessing in disguise and It has given me that hunger back,” Cleverly told Sky Sports.

“Sometimes I took my foot off the gas and at this level you will get found out. When I am ready mentally to get back in, but right now I’ll just step back.”

Once his mind is made up on a comeback, the 26 year-old has given thought to a jump up the necessary 25lbs to the cruiserweight division, which would then rule out any rematches with rivals Tony Bellew and Kovalev, along with long-time target Bernard Hopkins.

“I am contemplating cruiserweight,” said Cleverly.

“I have been at light-heavyweight for five years since I was 20 and naturally, as I have got older and a little bit taller, I have filled out more.

“Light-heavyweight, I can still make it, but I am around fourteen stone now.”

Cleverly was acting as guest analyst for Sky for their coverage of Adonis Stevenson’s impressive win over Tavoris Cloud, although fellow panellists Glenn McCrory and Nicky Piper were not as receptive to the idea of him moving up.