Nathan Cleverly has completed a move across the road to Matchroom Boxing this week.
The Welshman has spent his entire career to date boxing under Frank Warren Promotions.
The 27 yr old has not boxed since his career first defeat to Sergey Kovalev last summer thus losing his WBO Light-Heavyweight title.
I had a sneaky suspicion that Cleverly was going to join Matchroom when I spotted him sat ringside on 1st February at their last show in Cardiff.
Coupled with him being on SkySports Ringside last week discussing “the second chapter and second coming” the cat was well and truly out of the bag.
Cleverly has cited intentions of moving up to Cruiserweight as he feels more comfortable at the weight as opposed to boiling down to Light Heavy.
The agreement with Matchroom I believe is on a fight-by-fight basis as Cleverly is out of contract, but it is inevitable that he will end up fighting former nemesis and now stablemate Tony Bellew.
Bellew has already made the step-up to Cruiserweight and this will be built in to a big domestic fight.
“It’s chapter two for me. I’ve had a bit of time off and I decided to team up with Eddie,” said Cleverly.
“Matchroom and Sky Sports is the place to be to get back to the top and I can’t wait to get back in there – let’s bring it on.”
Reflecting on a possible second bout with Bellew, Cleverly said: “I think it’s inevitable. We’re both on a collision course, we’re now in the same weight division.
“We’ve already had one great fight, which was an entertaining, crowd pleasing fight, so I think the fight fans want to see it. Bellew wants the fight, I want the rematch as well. Even though I won the first fight, I’m prepared to give him a rematch. I’m sure we’ll get it on.”
In an exciting division domestically that contains Ola Afolabi, Benga Ileyemi and Wadi Camacho, there are plenty of great match-ups that can be made.
Cleverly spoke exclusively to IFLTV yesterday and had this to say on his move:
One of the best arguments at a press-conference actually took place between Cleverly and Bellew on the Groves v DeGale card, the fight didn’t end up happening then, but it’s great viewing never-the-less.