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Nathan Cleverly
Nathan Cleverly




UD 12
SD 12


6' 2" / 187 cm
74" / 188 cm
Orthodox (R)

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The story

Born on February 17, 1987 in Caerphilly, Wales, Nathan Cleverly was always a natural athlete, as he excelled in football and cross country running growing up. As he kept getting into fights, he decided to join a nearby boxing gym. He immediately loved the sport and found success as an amateur, medaling in multiple national tournaments. When he finished his amateur career, he had a record of 32-4.

Ready to take on a new challenge, Cleverly turned pro on July 23, 2005 and took on Ernie Smith, who sported a 12-84-4 record. He ended up with a points win after four rounds in his first fight. He had the same result in his next fight, which was against Darren Gethin. On December 4, 2005, he closed out the year with an impressive third-round TKO in his third fight.

Nathan Cleverly started piling up the wins, although the majority were on points and against journeyman fighters. At 10-0, he got the toughest challenge of his young career when he faced off against the 10-1 Joey Vegas. He picked up the win on points after eight rounds, but it was a grueling fight which saw both men land big shots.

After another victory, he earned a shot at the Commonwealth light heavyweight title on October 10, 2008 against Tony Oakley. It was the first time that Cleverly had to go 12 rounds, but he showed that he had solid cardio as he picked up a unanimous decision victory. He would then go on a streak of seven consecutive finishes, proving that in addition to his technical skills, he also had solid punching power. During that time, he won the British and European light heavyweight belts. He also got his degree in mathematics from Cardiff University in 2010.

On December 11, 2010, Nathan Cleverly fought for his first world title, the WBO interim light heavyweight belt. He took on Nadjib Mohammedi, and although it was a bit of an awkward fight because of his opponent’s style, he still won the title with a 12-round unanimous decision win. Because of issues with the champion, Jurgen Brahmer, the WBO eventually upgraded this interim title to the real thing.

Over the next two-and-a-half years, he defended his WBO title five times. However, on August 17, 2013, he ran into the powerful Russian, Sergey Kovalev, who had an undefeated record with quite a few impressive stoppages. Cleverly was no match, and lost for the first time when he was stopped in the fourth round.

He decided to jump to cruiserweight after the loss, and in his first fight in his new weight class, he won the WBA Inter-Continental title with a second-round TKO over Shawn Corbin. He defended that belt with a fourth-round TKO over Alejandro Emilio Valori, but then lost a close split decision to Tony Bellew.

He went back to light heavyweight and knocked out Tomas Man in just one round. His next fight was on October 16, 2015 for the WBC International light heavyweight title, but he lost a unanimous decision to Andrzej Fonfara.

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What is Nathan Cleverly's Record?

Nathan Cleverly's record currently stands at 30 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws. Of those 30 wins he has stopped 16 of his opponents, so his current knock-out ratio is 53%. Of his 4 loses, he's been stopped 2 times. He's boxed a total of 217 rounds, meaning his professional fights last 6.4 rounds on average.

What was Cleverly's last fight?

Nathan Cleverly's last fight took place against Badou Jack's on 26th Aug 2017, in Las Vegas, United States. He lost by technical knockout in the 5th round. That fight was 6 years and 3 months ago.

How active is Nathan Cleverly?

Cleverly's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 14 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 7 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 35 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 7 rounds on average.

Where is Nathan Cleverly From?

Cleverly was born in the United Kingdom.

How Old Is Nathan Cleverly?

The light heavyweight is currently 36 years old. He was born on 17th February 1987, so he will turn 37 in 2 months and 12 days.

How long has Cleverly been fighting?

Nathan Cleverly made his professional debut in July 2005, so he has been a pro for 18 years and 4 months.

How tall is Nathan Cleverly?

Cleverly is 6' 2" (6 Foot and 2 inches) which is 187cm (1 meter and 87 centimeters).

What is Cleverly's Reach?

His reach is 74 inches (74") which is 188 cm (1 meter and 88 centimeters).

What stance does Nathan Cleverly use?

Cleverly fights from a traditional orthodox stance, which means he favours his right hand as his power hand when fighting.

What will be Nathan Cleverly's Next Fight?

Nathan Cleverly doesn't currently have a fight scheduled.

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What are some recent Nathan Cleverly results?

Nathan Cleverly has stopped 2 of his last 5 opponents.

In his last fight, he lost to Badou Jack on 26th August 2017 by technical knockout in the 5th round in their WBA World Light Heavyweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.

Previous to that, he had beat Juergen Braehmer on 1st October 2016 by technical knockout in the 6th round in their WBA World Light Heavyweight championship fight at Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany.

Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Andrzej Fonfara on 16th October 2015 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at UIC Pavilion, Chicago, United States.

Before that, he had won against Tomas Man on 30th May 2015 by technical knockout in the 1st round at The O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom.

He had lost to Tony Bellew on 22nd November 2014 by split decision in their 12 round contest at Echo Arena, Liverpool.

Nathan Cleverly Stats
AgeDate Of BirthNationalityHeightReachStanceWeight Division
36February 17, 1987United Kingdom187 cm188 cmorthodoxLight Heavyweight (175 lb)
Nathan Cleverly Record
Professional RecordWinsWins By KOKnockout PercentageLossesLosses By StoppageDrawsPro RoundsDebut
30-4-0301653%420217 2005
Nathan Cleverly Recent Contests
2017-08-26Badou JackLost (TKO 5)T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States
2016-10-01Juergen BraehmerWon (TKO 6)Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany
2015-10-16Andrzej FonfaraLost (UD 12) watch replay UIC Pavilion, Chicago, United States
2015-05-30Tomas ManWon (TKO 1)The O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom
2014-11-22Tony BellewLost (SD 12)Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom
2014-07-12Alejandro Emilio ValoriWon (TKO 4)Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom
2014-05-17Shawn CorbinWon (TKO 2)Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, United Kingdom
2013-08-17Sergey KovalevLost (TKO 4) watch replay Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

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