Date: 15th August 2013 at 4:47pm
Written by:

As Saturday fast approaches, it?s quite natural that the combatants in the WBO light-heavyweight clash between Sergey Kovalev and Nathan Cleverly will start to dish out the verbal trash.

Kovalev, defending an unbeaten record which has seen him rack up 19 knockouts in 21 fights has been slightly the calmer of the two, insinuating that he is coming to Cardiff to do a job.

But Cleverly, seen by many as taking a huge risk in taking this defence of his WBO title, has been a little more brazen, perhaps hoping to sway opinion in his direction as he seeks to maintain an unbeaten record that currently stands at 260 with 12 wins by way of knockout.

His latest offering declares,

?I plan on winning the fight, but I believe I can take him out. I?m going to take him into the trenches.?

Flicking through the various Boxing sites, it?s clear that many perceive this fight as being made for the challenger with many predicting that Cleverly?s march forward style, leading with his face, will be his undoing in this fight with the challenger winning by stoppage or on a big points decision.

Naturally, the home support will get feverishly behind their man but, as a neutral, I?m recalling another huge fight held in Cardiff whenSteve Robinson defended his title against Prince Naseem Hamed.

On that occasion the challenger arrived, dismantled the champions, silenced the crowd and took the belt home.

Could Saturday night witness something similar?