Nathan Cleverly believes that being defeated by Sergey Kovalev may be a blessing in disguise for the fighter as he gets ready for a new chapter in his career when he takes on Daniel Ammann on November 30 for the empty Commonwealth cruiserweight title, and price per head sportsbooks can’t wait to see what will happen in this bout.
Pay per head services saw that the Welshman’s future was cloaked with uncertainty after the boxer lost his WBO light-heavyweight title in August to Kovalev, the only stain in his 27-fight career as a professional.
And the 26-year-old said that as he gets ready to become a two-time world champion – something that many price per head sportsbooks would like to see happen – moving up to cruiserweight was always on the cards.
“I didn’t have the same snap or the same fire as I did in my early days at light heavyweight,” he said. “I felt the weight was a big factor for me, but I kept winning, I was World Champion at light heavyweight and I kept winning, so there was no trigger point for me to move up to cruiserweight.
“But the loss, that was the trigger point. It’s happened, it’s a blessing in disguise and now I will become a world champion at cruiserweight.
“It was an inevitable process really, because I’m still young and naturally growing, so it was only a matter of time before moving up a weight.
“I’m loving the new challenge of starting from the bottom. I feel comfortable now mentally, and physically too.
“If you’re a happy fighter you go to war, and it’s going to increase your performance definitely.
“So it’s a new chapter for me, chapter two in my career. We’re straight in at title level, and I’d assume that towards the back-end of 2014 we could be looking at a world title shot.”
Price per head sportsbooks found out that Cleverly also said that he is seriously thinking about recruiting a new trainer but said that his father Vince, who was his trainer for the duration of his career, will always be part of his team.
“It was partly my idea but partly my dad’s too,” Cleverly said. “It’s just about looking at who can bring out the best in me.
“That’s a research process really, who can improve on maybe weaknesses in my game.”I’ll always have my dad involved, definitely: all the hard work is done really.
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“The foundation work is there so it’s just fine tuning now.”