Nathan Cleverly faces down Russian WBO light-heavyweight challenger Sergey Kovalev
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World champion Nathan Cleverly weighs in for fight

WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly has faced his Russian opponent Sergey Kovalev at a public weigh-in ahead of their title fight in Cardiff.

Defending his belt - Cleverly tipped the scales at 12st 6lb (79.5kg) while his unbeaten challenger Kovalev was 12st 5lb 8oz (79kg).

Cleverly said the Russian boxer was "the real deal" and a danger as he gets ready for the fight on Saturday at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena.

Cleverly, 26, is unbeaten in 26 fights with 12 stoppages. His opponent Kovalev, 30, has a perfect 21-fight professional career, with 18 wins coming inside three rounds.

  • 16 Aug 2013