By Alex Beard (@alex_beard17)
Nathan Cleverly will get his long-awaited shot at Juergen Braehmer’s world title in Germany on October 1.
WBA world light-heavyweight champion Braehmer (48-2-KO35) will attempt to defend his belt for the seventh time when he takes on former WBO holder Cleverly (29-3-KO15) at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg.
The pair have twice been scheduled to fight each other, firstly in 2011 in London and then again last year, only for Cleverly to opt for a stateside showdown with Andrzej Fonfara.
“In boxing you can never say never,” said Braehmer, “This is a fight the fans have wanted to see for a long time and I’m happy it’s finally happening. I look forward to meeting Nathan Cleverly in the ring at the Jahnsportforum and proving once and for all who is the better boxer.”
Cleverly held his world title for two years before surrendering it to light heavyweight king Sergey Kovalev. He moved up to cruiserweight thereafter but moved back to 175lbs after a loss to bitter rival Tony Bellew. He fell to Fonfara in October but emerged with an enhanced reputation after that fight of the year contender.
“This fight has been destined to happen and I can’t wait now,” commented Cleverly, “I’ve had a good recovery period and rest since the Fonfara fight and I feel fantastic.”
“Juergen is a great champion and an underrated one. It’s like the old dog fighter the young dog, experience versus youth, but I’m 29 and I have a bagful of experience of my own and I know what I have to do.”
This will be a key contest for the make-up of the light heavyweight division, with the winner of this bout setting themselves up for huge fights with the likes of Kovalev, Andre Ward, Adonis Stevenson and Fonfara’s recent conqueror Joe Smith Jr.by