Welsh world champion Nathan Cleverly vows to impress US fight fans

Last Updated: 06/10/12 4:35pm

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Nathan Cleverly: New opponent for next defence yet to be named

Nathan Cleverly: New opponent for next defence yet to be named

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Nathan Cleverly is relishing the chance to impress American fight fans after his WBO light-heavyweight title defence was switched to Los Angeles on November 10.

Cleverly was originally due to face Ukrainian Vyacheslav Uzelkov in Cardiff on October 27, but Golden Boy promotions have handed him a spot on a bill featuring WBC super-bantamweight champion Abner Mares and IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz.

The Welshman is determined to enhance his reputation in the US and believes such a big stage will bring out the best of him.

"At only 25 it's a dream come true to defend my world title in America on such a big show and it takes my career to a whole new level, it's a golden opportunity to make a big statement that I'm the leading man in the light-heavyweight division," said Cleverly.

"It will be exciting and challenging to get the recognition of the American fans and media and prove to them that I'm the real thing.

"Of course, I love fighting and headlining in front of my Cardiff home fans, but this shows that I'm not scared to leave my home comforts and risk my title by putting it on the line in another country, that's what being a world champion is all about, I relish the challenge.

"It's a big test in my career, but I'm ready and won't be overawed. I think that this will give my performance a sharper edge because I'm not at home and the pressure to perform will be on me."

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