Nathan Cleverly heads back down to light-heavyweight in April
Former world light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly has ditched his run at cruiserweight after just three outings and will drop 25lbs when the Welshman returns to his old stomping ground.
Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has confirmed that ‘Clev’ intends to claim another world title shot at 175lbs and is hopeful an impressive performance in Leeds on April 11 will be the springboard for the talented fighter to challenge the likes of WBA belt holder Jurgen Braehmer.
Cleverly lost to arch-rival Tony Bellew in November after putting on considerable beef for a move to 200lbs on the back of his devastating loss to Russian knockout specialist Sergey Kovalev. The Cefn Forest man surrendered his coveted WBO championship on the night back in August 2013, but has no intention of attempting a revenge mission against the best in the division.
Stoppage victories over Shaun Corbin and Alejandro Valori set-up a big pay-per-view return with Bellew in Liverpool just before Christmas, although Cleverly was out-worked by the Scouse puncher and has a second rebuilding job in eighteen months on his hands.
Josh Warrington tops the bill at the First Direct Arena as Cleverly attempts to pick his career up off the canvas once again, whilst more names are set to be added to card in the coming weeks.