Nathan Cleverly (26-0, 12 KO) defends his WBO light heavyweight title against big punching contender Sergey Kovalev (21-0-1, 19 KO) this Saturday from Wales. On the undercard, Gary Buckland (27-2, 9 KO) puts his British super featherweight title on the line against Stephen Smith (16-1, 9 KO), and Ovill McKenzie (21-11, 10 KO) faces Enzo Maccarinelli (36-6, 28 KO) in a rematch.
It's a story as old as boxing itself: a young fighter propped up and oversold, given the keys to the kingdom before battling back the tests that prove a fighter's true mettle. Nathan Cleverly is just the latest victim.
Kovalev trainer John David Jackson: "He's a really intelligent fighter. He just hasn't had the chance to show the public how intelligent he is, because he's been knocking people out by the third round."
Nathan Cleverly says that his upcoming fight with Sergey Kovalev is "going to be explosive", and is the biggest fight of his career. Is it wise for the undefeated champion to make it an explosive war against Kovalev?