Glenn McCrory on Nathan Cleverly, Scott Quigg and Ola Afolabi
Nathan Cleverly may not have caught everyone's attention yet, says Glenn McCrory, but he will do.
Last Updated: 05/07/13 10:10am
Frank Warren has always taken his fighters along gradually and you can't argue with the results as he did wonders for the careers of Joe Calzaghe and Prince Naseem Hamed, but Nathan needs to face someone with a huge reputation to get all the people excited.
And all the people SHOULD be getting excited about Cleverly because he has a very entertaining style, is still young and more than capable of staying at the top of the light-heavyweight division for a long time.
Talk of a clash with Bernard Hopkins has died down and Nathan will face an as-yet unnamed fighter in August, so he just has to focus on gaining more experience and making sure he keeps his WBO title around his waist.
There would be plenty of publicity if Cleverly dropped down to super-middleweight to fight Carl Froch and even being mentioned in the same breath as the Cobra would boost Nathan's profile.
The Welshman is fairly big for a light-heavyweight so I don't know how easy he would find it making the weight and, even if he did, I would have to back Carl to win because he is at the peak of his powers.
However, that should not stop Cleverly from, eventually, becoming one of the biggest names in boxing.
Scott Quigg has joined Matchroom and I think that is good business from Eddie Hearn as Quigg, like Carl Frampton, who has just left the promotion, has many qualities and is a really pleasant guy.
I said in this column before that I thought Scott reached a point where he had plateaued a little bit but his win over Rendall Munroe took him to another level; he dominated Rendall and that's something people don't tend to do.
I don't think Scott is too nice to get to the top as having spent quite a bit of time with him I have seen how singled-minded and determined he is, while he is an absolute fitness fanatic, too, and that will give him an edge - as will his nan's magnificent chips!
I really do believe that Quigg can win a world title; Gullermo Rigondeaux, who beat Nonito Donaire earlier this year, is the star of the super-bantamweight division but there is an opportunity for Scott and he will prove that he is world class.
And finally, I sat next to British cruiserweight Ola Afolabi on Ringside recently and his story about going from London's streets to fighting for world titles was fascinating; he is a smart, humble kid with no chip on his shoulder who will be at the top level for a long time.
People may not know too much about Alofabi because we haven't seen him on Sky but I can tell you that he is in a very entertaining division, one which, of course, Johnny Nelson, David Haye and myself used to box in.
It is full of guys with plenty of speed and agility, while the fighters pack punch power and produce all-action bouts - and that's not a new thing, either as some of the best fighters of all time - Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Jack Dempsey - were cruiserweights.