Nathan Cleverly finally seems to have his return to the ring on track by linking up with Eddie Hearn's ever expanding Matchroom stable of fighters.

Cleverly aged 27 will be making his debut at Cruiserweight following losing his WBO world light-heavyweight title to Sergey Kovalev back in August in Cardiff.

Cleverly was blown away by the powerful Russian who seems to be destroying everything in his path. After losing the fight question marks surrounded Cleverly's future in the sport as he questioned whether he still wanted to box.

He has taken time away from the sport and will now be making his comeback on May 17 in Cardiff against an as yet unnamed opponent. Expect Cleverly to be matched with someone whom he should beat comfortably first of all. 

Cleverly has been out of the ring since August and will be making the huge jump up in weight from light-heavyweight to cruiserweight. It will be intriguing to see how big Cleverly looks at the weight as there have been suggestions that he should have remained at light-heavyweight. 

The light-heavyweight limit is 12.7 stone and the cruiserweight limit is massively heavier at 14.4 stone. That is almost a two stone weight difference. If Cleverly can be an effective cruiserweight is yet to be seen but it will be good to see him back in the ring.

Cleverly holds an impressive record of 26 wins and 1 loss and was only a fight away from going in with the biggest names in the division like Bernard Hopkins. Cleverly is a very talented young boxer who has all the potential to become a world champion again if he has the right mindset.

Cleverly needs to be fully dedicated to the sport and needs to knuckle down if he is to become a world champion again. At this stage this is a major concern but hopefully such concerns will be put to bed soon.

With Cleverly now linking up with Matchroom a rematch with fellow Brit Tony Bellew looks destined to happen. Bellew is also part of the Matchroom stable so negotiations should be easier for a highly anticipated rematch.

First time around the fight was a hard fought, very close affair between two men who have a genuine dislike for each other. This fight would be another great domestic dust-up and would generate good hype for boxing in Britain.

Such a fight would only help to raise the popularity of a sport that is currently thriving again!


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Cruiserweight
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