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Carl Froch Rejects Fight With Nathan Cleverly

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Carl Froch has no intention of fighting Nathan Cleverly and wants to focus on bigger fights in the Super-Middleweight division.(Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Carl Froch has no intention of fighting Nathan Cleverly and wants to focus on bigger fights in the Super-Middleweight division.(Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Just a few weeks ago Nathan Cleverly branded Carl Froch as arrogant, after turning down the chance to fight the Welshman.

Now, after a period of rumours and speculation and talk, Froch has confirmed what most of us thought...there will be no fight with Cleverly, with Froch's focus still firmly on the super-middleweight division.

Froch was beaten convincingly on points in December against Andre Ward, and several fight fans around the world presumed Froch had run out of opponents and would move up in weight to challenge Cleverly. But the Cobra told Skysports there was still plenty of competition to face.

"Nobody's interested in talk about me stepping up to light-heavyweight to fight Nathan Cleverly. It's boring, there's big fights for me - Mikkel Kessler, Lucien Bute, there's more names I could roll off the tongue that would make people interested. We want to be fighting in Nottingham for a nice steady comeback fight, I don't have easy fights but I'll have a nice steady comeback and then look to challenge for a world title soon."

I'm glad Froch has dismissed this fight. Firstly I think Froch would beat Cleverly although it suits Cleverly more with the weight. Cleverly hasn't gone in to a ring with world class operators like Froch and I whole heartedly agree that Froch should focus on the bigger fights out there for him.

He can easily win more world titles, and like I said in the last article about these two, Cleverly seems to be being a little jealous and bitter about the fact Froch has no intention of boxing him...and it's got nothing to do with Froch being arrogant. Froch has been there and done it, it is time for Cleverly to do the same.

Cleverly (23-0, 11 KO) will meet Tommy Karpency on February 25 in Cardiff. Froch is still deciding what to do next, but expects a fight back in the U.K. in April or May.