CEFN Fforest boxing star Nathan Cleverly knows that beating Alejandro Valori on Saturday night will lead to a massive British grudge rematch with Tony Bellew – and he’s certain he’ll beat his bitter Liverpool foe again.
The Gwent ace defended his WBO light-heavyweight crown against Bellew at the Echo Arena in Liverpool back in October 2011 and made three more successful defences of the title before losing the belt to Russian beast Sergey Kovalev.
Cleverly took some time out of the game before deciding like Bellew to move up to cruiserweight and with his love for the sport back in earnest, the 27-year-old wants the big rematch against Bellew then a shot at a world title.
“I believe at the end of this year, or probably at the start of 2015, I will be in line for a shot at the world title,” said Cleverly.
“I want to get this job done on Alejandro Valori and then first and foremost it is important I win that fight in good fashion.
“Then we will look for that big domestic grudge match between myself and Bellew and when I bash him up we will be looking for the world title fight then.
“I think it is realistic that my next fight after Valori will be Bellew,” he added. “It is a big fight and maybe it should happen sooner rather than later – strike while the iron is hot.
“We are both fresh at the weight and if all goes well after Saturday we will both be coming off two wins in the weight division.
“It would be the type of fight where the winner goes on to fight for the world title.”
And Cleverly is convinced that he can beat Bellew in style this time round after a points victory three years ago.
“My verdict on the first fight was that I was 24, I went into his home town, defending my world title and I successfully did that,” he said.
“There is no question in my mind, I certainly won the fight and the verdict was there, that was the final result.
“But he feels bitter at the loss, he wants his revenge, but ultimately I want the rematch because I want to not just win the rematch but I want to win emphatically, and I feel I will do that in the next fight.”
Also on the Matchroom bill, live on Sky Sports, is Newport lightweight Craig Woodruff.
The Alway fighter, trained by Steve Sims, is the opponent for London 2012 Olympic champion Luke Campbell’s return to the ring.