Cleverly should go back to Light Heavyweight, says Calzaghe
Joe Calzaghe, the former undefeated world champion from Wales, believes fellow countryman Nathan Cleverly still has a chance of bouncing back from his defeat at the hands of Tony Bellew and becoming a world champion again, but he has to drop down a weight class from Cruiserweight to his former category of Light Heavyweight.
Bellew scored a hard fought split decision win over Cleverly in a Cruiserweight encounter at Liverpool last month. This win also avenged a previous defeat he suffered at the hands of the Welshman.
Speaking to the BBC, Calzaghe, who retired in 2009 with an undefeated record, said that his compatriot and friend needs a return to his previous weight category of Light Heavyweight if he wants to be successful once again and the youngster agrees with his mentor as well.
Cleverly said that is contemplating a return to the Light Heavyweight division following the defeat. He said that it was a real struggle for him to make it to the twelve rounds, the first time he has had to do so in his new weight category and that doesn’t bode well for his future in the division.
Calzaghe said that knowing Cleverly, he knows how disappointed he is for his failure to go the distance and his struggles were there for all to see. According to Calzaghe, a Cruiserweight fighter carries a lot of muscle and that bulk takes away the most important aspects of the youngster’s fight from him – speed and work rate and if he keeps it up, he will not survive in the division, especially against the fighters that are a lot bigger.
He added that he is best suited for Light Heavyweight and must decide if he wants to go back to the division soon enough if he wants to have a future.