News | Aug 25 2017

Nathan Cleverly targets Andre Ward showdown after Badou Jack

But Nathan Cleverly finding making the 175lb limit 'intense'
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WBA light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly of Wales wrap his hands before an open workout on the MGM Grand casino floor in Las Vegas  |  Action Images/Reuters/Steve Marcus

NATHAN CLEVERLY admitted he is finding making the light-heavyweight limit “intense” with just over one day remaining before he defends his secondary WBA light-heavyweight strap against Badou Jack on the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor undercard. Today, in one of the cruellest events of an American fight week, the press were fed slap-up lunches while the undercard fighters – each of them under pressure to make weight – sat around waiting to be interviewed.

“It’s getting intense now,” Cleverly told Boxing News. “The media starts to step up, the weight-making gets intense, losing those final pounds of weight. We’re in the real business end of boxing now, and all the talking pretty much stops now after the press conference. We’ve just got to get through the weigh-in and then we’re ready to rock and that’s when it gets serious.

“Listen, it’s a tough sport boxing, and to keep doing this, fight after fight, dealing with the media and dealing with being a world champion. But I wouldn’t change this, this is what I’ve asked for and I love it.”