Date: 13th August 2013 at 4:37pm
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This Saturday evening, at the Motorpoint Arena, in Cardiff, Nathan Cleverly puts his WBO light-heavyweight title on the line against the big-punching Russian, Sergey Kovalev.

Cleverly enters the ring with a 260 record with 12 of those victories coming via way of a knockout whilst the challenger also has a respectable record of 2101 with a huge 19 of those victories coming by way of a knockout.

The Welsh champion is expected to be given a tough fight by the challenger with many pundits predicting that the Russian could walk away with the WBO belt. However, Cleverly has proven that he has the class to prevail, when pushed, and sees a victory over Kovalev as a stepping stone to a big fight against Bernard Hopkins or Adonis Stevenson.

Talking about the forthcoming fight, Cleverly had this to say to the media in the build up,

?I may have to weather the storm in this fight, but I?ll get through this and break the guy up. I?m going to take him into the trenches and break him down, and I?ll get to him.?

?I?m going to make a statement and set up those super fights. I know this win will set up shockwaves. He (Hopkins) kind of left me to fight this guy. Let?s see what Cleverly?s made of. Let?s see him take on Kovalev and beat him, and then he?d earn his chance at fighting Bernard Hopkins. I think that was his mentality.?

My only reservation about all this Hopkins talk is that Cleverly has to beat Kovalev first and that is going to be no easy task. Concentrate on beating the Russian first then look towards taking on the Executioner!