JEFF MAYWEATHER OPEN UP ABOUT ROGER MAYWEATHER’S HEATLH ISSUES: “THE GYM IS HIS SANCTUARY”

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Cleverly confident before long-awaited Braehmer bout

By Tom Gray

Welshman Nathan Cleverly believes it is his “destiny” to beat light heavyweight rival Juergen Braehmer on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.

Cleverly was scheduled to meet Braehmer for the WBO 175-pound title way back in May 2011, but with only days to go before his first world title challenge, Braehmer withdrew and was stripped, leaving Cleverly to fight Aleksy Kuziemski for the vacant belt.

“I was in the car on my way to London when I got the call saying Braehmer hadn’t arrived and the fight was off,” recalls Cleverly in a press release issued by Matchroom Boxing. “It was a crazy situation and the scramble was on to find a replacement opponent in just two days.”

Cleverly would defeat Kuziemski and go on to defend the title on four occasions before losing to Russian powerhouse Sergey Kovalev in August 2013. But despite achieving his ultimate ambition, the 29-year-old admits that Braehmer’s withdrawal amounted to a bittersweet victory.

“It did take the shine off my world title win,” said Cleverly. “I wanted to rip that title off Braehmer. He was the champion and I wanted to win the belt from him. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way and although, ultimately, I achieved my dream, it was a bit unsatisfactory.”

Five years on, Cleverly will finally get his chance to defeat the German southpaw in his own backyard and he is supremely confident of victory.

“This fight has been five years in the making, and with everything that has happened, I just feel it’s my destiny now,” he said. “Braehmer has had a great career, and I respect him for that, but I was confident of beating him five years ago (and) I feel even more confident now. It’s my time.”

Braehmer is rated No. 5 by THE RING at 175 pounds and Cleverly is unranked.

  • Editor’s note: Braehmer versus Cleverly will be contested for a version of the WBA light heavyweight title that is unrecognized by THE RING. Sergey Kovalev is the reigning WBA light heavyweight titleholder.

Tickets for the contest between Juergen Braehmer and Nathan Cleverly will be available online via www.tickethall.de and www.eventim.de or by calling +49 (0)1806-570044.

Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for RingTV.com and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing

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Nathan Cleverly: I wanted to rip that title off Braehmer

By toshiro

Photo: Public Address

Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) believes it is his ‘destiny’ to beat Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) and be crowned WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.

Cleverly was scheduled to meet Braehmer for the WBO title in 2011, but with only days to go before the Welshman’s first World title challenge, Braehmer withdrew, leaving Cleverly to fight Aleksy Kuziemski for the vacant belt.

‘’I was in the car on my way to London when I got the call saying Braehmer hadn’t arrived and the fight was off,” recalls Cleverly. ‘’It was a crazy situation, and the scramble was on to find a replacement opponent in just two days.”

Cleverly would defeat Kuziemski and go on to defend the WBO World title on four occasions before dropping the belt to Russian powerhouse Sergey Kovalev, but despite achieving his ultimate ambition that night at The O2 in London, the 29 year-old admits that Braehmer’s withdrawal amounted to a bittersweet victory.

‘’It did take the shine off my World title win,” he said. ‘’I wanted to rip that title off Braehmer. He was the World Champion and I wanted to win the belt from him. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way, and although ultimately, I achieved my dream of becoming World Champion, it was a bit unsatisfactory.”

Five years on, Cleverly will finally get his chance to meet Braehmer for the World title, in a fight the boxer from Caerphilly believes he is destined to win.

‘’This fight has been five years in the making, and with everything that has happened, I just feel it’s my destiny now,” he says.

‘’Braehmer has had a great career, and I respect him for that, but there comes a time when the older Champion has to move aside and make way for the younger lion to come through. I was confident of beating him five years ago, but I feel even more confident now. It’s my time, and that belt is mine for the taking.”

If Cleverly can overcome his long-standing rival, he will become a two-time World Champion, a feat he hopes will kick-start a successful second phase of his career.

‘’It’s all about getting that belt and becoming a two-time World Champion,” he says. ‘’That’s all I care about. It’s an opportunity for me to live that dream again. I did it once as 24 year-old, and here I am as a 29 year-old ready to relive it.

‘’I just want the opportunity to get my hands on that belt and to fulfil my ultimate potential. I don’t feel we’ve seen the best of what I can offer, and getting my hands on that belt will allow me to showcase what I can really do, and make this second phase of my career the best yet.”

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Orlando Salido vs. Takashi Miura “nearly finalized” for December 17th

By Patrick L. Stumberg

Both Salido and Miura put on Fight of the Year contenders with Francisco Vargas.

Don’t submit your ballot for 2016’s Fight of the Year just yet; there’s another contender on the horizon. Golden Boy’s Eric Gomez recently informed ESPN Deportes that a battle between super featherweights Orlando Salido and Takashi Miura is nearly set.

Salido (43-13-4, 30 KO) raised Hell in June in an epic slugfest with Francisco Vargas, ultimately settling for a majority draw against the newly-minted WBC champion. Vargas won that title from Miura (30-3-2, 23 KO), who brawled with “El Bandido” in 2015’s FotY and seemed to be taking control before getting stopped in the ninth.

These two are hard-wired to storm after each other and sling bombs until one of them goes down. It may not have the tantalizing revenge angle of the planned rematch between Salido and Vasyl Lomachenko, but goddamn this fight will be wild. We’ll keep you posted if this one comes together so you can pour one out for all the brave brain cells set to die in the line of duty.

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Photo of the Day

By Togorashi

Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury put in an appearance at Saturday’s Linares-Crolla fight in Manchester, England. The day before, it was announced that Fury had pulled out of his October 29 rematch against former champ Wladimir Klitschko due to Fury being declared “medically unfit.”

We’ve been told that the WBO Championship Committee will be requesting a medical evaluation from Fury today.

For more photos of Fury, plus many previously unpublished shots from the exciting Linares-Crolla clash, [See image gallery at www.fightnews.com]

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