Nathan Cleverly ready to step in, finally face Juergen Braehmer

Phil Jay 02/02/2016

Five years on from when they were first due to meet, Welshman Nathan Cleverly hopes to land a world title fight with WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer.

The pair saw a scheduled May 2011 clash fall apart at the last minute when Braehmer was forced to pull out injured and Cleverly now wants to step in to replace South African Thomas Oosthuizen who has been deemed unfit to fight.

Cleverly issued a ‘come and get me’ plea via his social media accounts on Tuesday and hopes promoters Sauerland get in touch to offer him the opportunity at the Jahnsportforum in Germany on March 12.

The 28 year-old last fought when dropping a unanimous decision to Andrzej Fonfara in Chicago last October, a defeat that Cleverly was roundly applauded for when willing to trade with the tough Pole for the duration.

Offers have yet to come flooding in for Cleverly though in the last couple of months and it is hoped that Braehmer’s handlers will be keen to discuss the opportunity with the one-time WBO title holder.

Braehmer, who is undefeated since 2008, would still be a tall order for ‘Clev’ as the 37 year-old has stopped four of his last five opponents, including Cleverly’s fellow-countryman Enzo Maccarinelli two years ago.