Nathan Cleverly knows it’s going to be all or nothing as he looks forward to his world title fight with Juergen Braehmer.
Things have not gone so well for the Welshman in recent times, losing three times recently. Sergey Kovalev, Tony Bellew and Andrzej Fonfara all defeated Cleverly and have left him asking questions about his future. Cleverly was due to fight Braehmer in 2011 before an eye injury forced Braehmer to withdraw from the fight.
When questioned about his pending fight with the World Champion Cleverly had this to say, “This is a must-win for me – I’m confident I can upset the champion, I believe this is my opportunity to turn things around. Sometimes you hit those plateaus – you peak and then have a bit of a flat period. But I think I’ve got through that, and the best is yet to come. We were meant to fight three times in the past, but he never fancied the challenge when I was at the peak of my game and had a lot of hunger and fire. Maybe he’s taken the fight now thinking I’ve had a quiet couple of years and gone off the boil. Maybe he’s thinking this is his opportunity to beat me but, as I showed in my last fight, the fire is coming back. I’m looking to become a two-time champion, and I’m going to grab it with both hands. It’s notoriously difficult for boxers in Germany against the home fighters, but I’m confident that I’m not just going to win, I’m going to win emphatically and take it out of everyone’s hands.”
Tough talking from the Welshman and as everyone knows, talk is cheap, and it’s when you step into the ring that counts. Now we will have to wait and see as the two fighters meet on October 1st in Germany.