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Badou Jack, Nathan Cleverly looking to clash at 175

Phil Jay 04/04/2017

Former WBC super-middleweight champion Badou Jack and current light-heavyweight title holder Nathan Cleverly are hoping to lock horns in 2017.

Contact is believed to have been made between both parties regarding the fight as both men took to social media to declare their interest in the contest.

‘The Ripper’ asked Cleverly ‘where we at’ on his account, to which the two-time champion replied that he’s, ‘waiting on you guys’ to Jack and his team at Mayweather Promotions.

Jack has moved up to 175 pounds from a solid reign at 168 pounds, whilst Cleverly boiled back down to the lighter limit following a disappointing run at cruiserweight.

Cleverly is currently in possession of the WBA regular strap, whilst Jack is hoping to make an immediate impact seven pounds higher following his recent draw with James DeGale.

The US-based Swedish-Gambian is already ranked number five by the World Boxing Council on the back of his previous exploits and would arguably begin a slight favorite despite their weight differential.

Welshman Cleverly has endured mixed fortunes inside the ropes since losing for the first time in his career against Sergey Kovalev in 2013, having won four of seven.

An entertaining reverse against Andrzej Fonfara would be deserving of a second helping, although fans won’t be too downhearted should ‘Clev’ sign on the dotted line to face Jack in the summer.

Current WBC Top 15 light-heavyweight rankings:

1 .- Eleider Alvarez (Colombia) SILVER
2 .- Sergey Kovalev (Russia)
3 .- Joe Smith Jr. (US) INTL
4 .- Oleksandr Gvozdyk (Ukraine) NABF
5 .- Badou Jack (Gambia/Sweden)
6 .- Artur Beterbiev (Russia)
7 .- Andrzej Fonfara (Poland)
8 .- Sullivan Barrera (Cuba) USNBC
9 .- Marcus Browne (US)
10 .- Sean Monaghan (US) AMERICA
11 .- Lucian Bute (Canada)
12 .- Erik Skoglund (Sweden)
13 .- Robert Stieglitz (Germany) EBU
14 .- Jean Pascal (Canada)
15 .- Thomas Oosthuizen (South Africa) * CBP/P