Nathan Cleverly retires

By Cain Bradley on August 28, 2017
Nathan Cleverly retires
"Goodbye boxing. I've lived it and loved every second of this sport." (Esther Lin/Vox Media)

Perhaps the most underplayed storyline in the aftermath of Mayweather-McGregor was the retirement of Nathan Cleverly…

Perhaps the most underplayed storyline in the aftermath of the McGregor vs. Mayweather clash was the retirement of Nathan Cleverly (30-4).

The Welshman was a young prodigy, turning professional at 18. Before turning 20 he had defeated Tony Quigley. His early career saw him trained by Enzo Calzaghe but after disputes between Joe Calzaghe and Frank Warren left Calzaghe. He defeated Tony Oakey for the Commonwealth title, rival Danny McIntosh for the British title and Antonio Brancalion for the European title. He went on to earn the interim WBO belt defeating Nadjib Mohammedi and was awarded the full title when Juergen Braehmer had to pull out of their fight.

His first defense was a majority decision win over rival Tony Bellew. Three more successful defenses came before he attempted to beat Sergey Kovalev. He stopped Cleverly in four who attempted to reinvent himself as a Cruiserweight. Bellew won a split decision which sent Cleverly back down to light heavyweight. After losing to Andrzej Fonfara when attempting to win the WBC title he rebounded to beat Juergen Braehmer for the WBA title. His final fight came when losing to Badou Jack as the American-Swede took him apart. Cleverly posted “Time to say goodbye. Thank you and goodbye boxing. I’ve lived it and loved every second of this sport. A few too many miles on the clock.”

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