CLEV: I NEED TO LEAVE COMFORT ZONE

Wales’ 11th world champion Nathan Cleverly has broken his media silence by speaking exclusively to BoxingWales about linking up with London based trainer Adam Booth. Cleverly has been coached by his father Vince and co-trainer Alan Davies since 2008 but they have now parted professional company after Cleverly lost his unbeaten record and WBO world light-heavyweight title in a fourth round stoppage loss to Russia’s Sergey Kovalev in August. 26-year-old Cleverly said, “Basically, I thought Adam is a well renown trainer and this is a chance for me to get away from home comforts. I’m in my confort zone here at home, I’ve got a lot of distractions around me and it’s nice to get away from that, I need to. “I’ve tried it out down there with Adam and it’s been good for me. We’re deciding on making it a permanent fixture now, it’s going well, we’re still in the trial phase and I’m enjoying it. “At the moment, I’ve just been going down Monday to Friday and coming back on the weekends, so I’ll keep it like that for the short term and then maybe I’ll get a place down there and stay there for a little bit longer.” Cleverly is in the process of finalising a concrete comeback date and it’s not decided for definite whether it will be at the 175lb light-heavyweight limit, where he enjoyed domestic and world title wins, or 25lbs higher at cruiserweight. “Me and Adam have talked about it because obviously it’s a big jump, it’s such a big jump. Once I decide to go to cruiserweight, there’s no coming back. I’ve got to make sure it’s the right move, we’re just finalising that now and I’m doing the tests on my body to see what’s best for me.” Adam Booth is best known for guiding David Haye to cruiserweight and heavyweight world title success. In that time Booth established himself as a tactically intelligent trainer and it’s something that Cleverly recognises he needs. Cleverly said, “I’ve always been a little bit reckless because I’ve been such an attacking fighter and I’ve always neglected defence, I’ll brush up on that and become a bit more tactically astute to take me to the next stage of my career. “I’ve known Adam for quite a while, he’s on the same wave length as me. He talks sense, I can talk on the same terms as him and relate to him, we relate to the same things associated to boxing and the things that come with it. It’s looking good. “He’s got great experience, he’s done it with David Haye and he took George Groves to an excellent position. The experience and know how is there, so he’s a proven top trainer.”

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