CLEV MEETS FANS AT OPEN WORKOUT

On Wednesday, passionate Bluebird and WBO World Light-Heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly was at Cardiff City Stadium today to give his local and loyal fans a unique insight in to his training routine. Cleverly is currently in preparations for his next title defence against Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Uzelkov at the Motorpoint Arena on October 27th and today he was joined by around 400 fans who braved the Welsh weather to watch the undefeated boxer showcase his skills. In a specially constructed boxing ring by the pitch side dug-outs, Cleverly demonstrated his hand speed in a pad work out with father and trainer Vince as well as a light sparring session with Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Ovill McKenzie who faces Swansea’s Enzo Maccarinelli on the October 27thshow. After the work-out, fans of all ages got the opportunity to meet Cleverly who posed for numerous photos and Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay presented the clubs new jersey to Cleverly who returned the gesture with signed boxing gloves. Cleverly commented, “I love coming down here, I come down to watch the boys whenever I can fit it around my training. The club has always been really supportive of me, so to come here and give something back to the club and the fans with events like this today is great.” “It’s a dream to be the main event in this stadium one day. The timing hasn’t been right yet but when it is we’ll do it and it’ll be a fantastic event for myself, the club and all the fans.” “It’s no secret that we’ve been searching for a big name opponent and I can’t think of a better place to hold a big world title fight than here. I can’t overlook my next fight though, unless I take care of Uzelkov at the end of October then dreams like that will be over – that’s why my next fight is so important and I’ve got to be at my best.” “It’s fantastic to be fighting in Cardiff again in my next fight. I waited four years for a fight at home then I get two on the trot!” “With the fight in February, experiencing the home atmosphere and all of that, it helps me so much going in to the ring and I’ll use all of that when I beat Uzelkov on October 27th.” A packed undercard to the Frank Warren Promotions show sees Britain’s only ever World Amateur Championship gold medallist Frank Gavin challenge Junior Witter for the British welterweight title.

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