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Veteran Corbin in cruiserweight clash with Wales’ Cleverly
Guyanese veteran Sean Corbin will vie for his 13th career knockout win, when he tackles division debutant Nathan Cleverly of Wales for the WBO cruiserweight title, in a 12-round contest at Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, on Saturday.
Twelve years separate the pair. Regardless, at 39, Corbin remains confident in his experience ahead his fourth fight in Europe. “I watched a few fights with him (Cleverly). He seems to be a pretty good fighter, but yet still, he has some flaws,” said Corbin following just over two month of preparation for the fixture. “
“I think he’s (Corbin) a bigger puncher, a stronger man than Nathan Cleverly,” added Boxu Potts, special adviser to the T&T Boxing Board of Control.
“I’ll step out to say Nathan Cleverly’s jaw is in a state of decay. Corbin better know what state his jaw (is) in, because in this weight category, it is about who lands first. It is his fight to lose,” Potts added.
Corbin’s record stands at 17 wins from 21 fights, 12 of which are knockouts.
Cleverly, meanwhile, returns after considering retirement. He is off a loss against Russia’s Sergei Kovalev, last August, when he let his WBO light-heavyweight title slip. It was his only loss, while on the flip side, Cleverly has amassed 12 knockouts from 26 wins, and no draws.
Corbin makes the voyage with manager and aspiring promoter Lystra Cudjoe.