WBO Boxing: Nathan Cleverly to fight Sean Corbin at cruiserweight in Cardiff
Last Updated: 30/04/14 9:17am
Nathan Cleverly in action with Tony Bellew
Nathan Cleverly will return to the ring next month for the first time since losing his WBO light-heavyweight title.
Cleverley will face Guyana's Sean Corbin when he makes his debut at cruiserweight in front of his home town fans at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on May 17.
The Welshman considered retirement in the wake of his fourth-round stoppage by Sergei Kovalev last August, but will instead return in the 200lbs division against 6ft 3in Corbin.
Cleverly's sole defeat in 27 fights was to Kovalev, while WBC Caribbean champion Corbin has won 17 of his 21 contests, 12 by knockout.
Promoter Eddie Hearn says that Cleverly begins life at cruiserweight with a crunch battle to prove he's ready to land big fights later in the year.
"I can't wait to see Nathan back in action at cruiserweight," said Hearn. "Corbin has only been beaten when he has stepped up to top level and will come into the fight with plenty of size and ambition.
"Nathan must win and look good doing so with so many huge fights just around the corner."
Cleverly's clash with Corbin is part of a huge night of boxing in Cardiff as Lee Selby faces Romulu Koasicha in an official eliminator for the WBC featherweight title with the International belt on the line.
There's a rematch between Welsh lightweights Gary Buckland and Gavin Rees who served up a Fight of the Year contender in the same venue in February.
Liverpool's super-middleweight star Callum Smith defends his WBC international super-middleweight title against Swansea's Tobias Webb, plus action for Chris Jenkins, Dale Evans, Mitch Buckland, Robbie Turley and Alex Hughes.