Exclusive: Cleverly hopeful on Braehmer, reveals Hearn contact
Nathan Cleverly is hoping that a potential fight with WBA ‘regular’ light-heavyweight champion Jurgen Braehmer will come to fruition in the next few days.
Braehmer (47-2, 35 KO) was originally scheduled to defend his title against South Africa’s Thomas Oosthuizen in Germany on March 12, before the challenger was forced to withdraw due to problems outside the ring. That left the champion without an opponent as he seeks to make his sixth successful defence of the title he won back in December 2013.
Wales’ former WBO champion Cleverly (29-3, 15 KO) remains a major contender in the 175lb division despite losing his most recent fight to Poland’s Andrzej Fonfara.
“There are no firm plans in place yet, but I’ve been ticking over well in training, keeping fit and am just waiting for that call,” the 28-year old exclusively told World Boxing News. “I’m ready to go into overdrive in training and can easily make the 175lb weight for when I get my next fight made.
“Braehmer’s opponent has pulled out and I am the perfect contender to fill the void, it’s just a case of whether their side fancy the fight now. Everything’s right and I’ve got the go ahead for the fight,” he added.
“I spoke to Eddie Hearn (Cleverly’s promoter) last night and he told me that they had started to negotiate a possible fight. Hearn has a good working connection with the Sauerland’s, so there is a strong possibility that they can get this one made.
“I want the fight and hopefully he does to, so let’s get it on. All the boxes are ticked; it just needs to get made now. I’m waiting for a call from Eddie in the next few days to confirm if there is any news and then I can plan my future accordingly.”
Matt Horan is a lead writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123