Welsh star Nathan Cleverly will begin his campaign to become a
two-time world champion when he makes his big ring return as a
cruiserweight on Saturday 30th November at London's Copper Box
Cleverly goes straight back into title action when he takes on
Australian Daniel Ammann for the Vacant Commonwealth title,
featuring alongside Dereck Chisora who makes the first defence of
his European Heavyweight title against Matteo Modugno, live and
exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
The 25-year-old lost his unbeaten record and WBO World
Light-Heavyweight crown to big-hitting Russian Sergey Kovalev in
August, but after a break and refocussing himself on his career,
Cleverly is desperate to get back in the ring and win a second
world title in 2014.
"I'm ready to return and I can't wait for November 30th at the
Copper Box Arena and show that Nathan Cleverly is back," he
"I've got the hunger and desire back and I want to be a world
champion again. I miss having the belt around my waist, but it's
not just about the belt. I didn't want to let my fans down, who
have supported me in my career, my family down and more importantly
I didn't want to let myself down by going out on a loss, I knew
deep down that I wanted to fight again and I just needed time to
focus on what I wanted to do.
"I was on a high for so long winning the British, Commonwealth
and European titles in quick time and then winning the world title
and making five successful defences. In five years I had 15
championship fights and I felt invincible. The loss to Kovalev has
brought me back down to earth and made me realise what I want and
that is to be world champion again.
"The thought of winning a second world title now really excites
and motivates me, but the road back will be hard and I'm looking
forward to testing my character and resolve."
Cleverly's addition to the Copper Box Arena show replaces
British and Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders
who was scheduled to defend his titles on the show, but a slight
hand injury picked up in his last fight against John Ryder has not
healed in time which has meant that he has had to withdraw.
Ammann, from Stockton in New South Wales, has a record of 29
wins from 35 fights and is the Australian champion. The 30-year-old
southpaw goes by the nickname of Doberman and is on an unbeaten
Cleverly is looking to make a big statement on his cruiserweight
debut and hasn't ruled out meet Kovalev again in the future.
He added, "It's a good test for me on my return and the
opportunity to win the Commonwealth title is a big motivator and
will open doors for me.
"Ammann is proper cruiserweight and has even fought at
heavyweight, he's been around a long time and will have plenty of
experience. He looks like a big, rough, tough, Aussie and I'm not
expecting an easy fight.
"The main thing for me is to show that I'm back in business and
ready for my new campaign in the cruiserweight division and I want
to put on a good show for the fans and press.
"Kovalev's a good fighter and I wish him all the best in his
career and with his forthcoming title defence Ismayl Sillakh. As
devastating as the loss was I still feel I had the skills to beat
him on the night, but who knows, we could meet again if he decides
to move up to 200lbs and the result will be different next
Dereck Chisora headlines the Copper Box Arena with the first
defence of his European Heavyweight title against Matteo Modugno;
plus London sensation Frank Buglioni challenging for the Vacant WBO
European title; a new addition to the card features a hard-hitting
heavyweight showdown between English Champion John McDermott and
challenger Ian Lewison; Bradley Skeete v Colin Lynes for the Vacant
English Welterweight title. An action-packed undercard features
Mitchell Smith, Andreas and Chris Evangelou, Georgie Kean, Gary
Corcoran and Tom Baker.