Clev return always on cards

  • Last Updated: November 6 2013, 13:58 GMT

Nathan Cleverly insists he had few doubts about fighting again despite losing his WBO light-heavyweight title in a crushing four-round loss to Sergey Kovalev in Cardiff in August.

Nathan Cleverly (l): Beaten in four rounds by Sergey Kovalev
Nathan Cleverly (l): Beaten in four rounds by Sergey Kovalev

Cleverly will return for the first time since his first career loss when he moves up to bid for the Commonwealth cruiserweight title against Australian Daniel Ammann in London on November 30.

The 26-year-old, who had won 26 straight bouts before running into the fierce-punching Kovalev, believes his move up in weight is overdue and will give him a new lease of life in the sport.

Cleverly said: "The move up to cruiserweight was much needed and before I lost to Kovalev I was thinking about it anyway.

"Following the loss to Kovalev I had some time out to get away from the sport to reassess things and the first thing to come up was did I have the desire to fight again.

"I definitely wanted to fight again and I definitely want to become a world champion again. That is the driving force for me.

"It's a big challenge, but life is all about facing challenges and overcoming them. I've had a big blow losing my world title and unbeaten record, but now it's about getting back on the horse and riding it again."

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