Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany - Nathan Cleverly (30-3, 16KOs) picked up a sixth round TKO victory over veteran Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35KOs) to capture the WBA 'regular light heavyweight championship. The victor of that fight will eventually have to face Cleverly. That bout takes place in New Zealand.
"I'm grateful to Braehmer for giving me the shot at the title". "It's been five years in the making, and finally Braehmer is stepping up to the plate".
"This is a great showcase for boxing, " said Sauerland. As a champion i feel you should have entitlement to home advantage however i do not agree with the opposition that the champion has faced in recent years that it has been up to standard to challenge for a belt of the WBA's calibre. "The younger lion won". Juergen is a great fighter, but he's not ready for what I'm bringing.
"I couldn't punch any more with the right".
Nathan Cleverly insists he is better now than when he was first supposed to fight Juergen Braehmer five years ago.
"It took the shine of my world title victory when he pulled out".
While Cleverly's promoter Eddie Hearn said he is eager to settle the score with Sauerland, and believes the challenger's desire could be the deciding factor. "He's willing to go that extra mile, and that will test Braehmer's hunger".
"I had the pleasure of sparring Nathan a couple of years back, and have been an admirer of his ability ever since". This fight should have happened in 2011 for the WBO light-heavyweight crown.
"One thing I will say is the money won't be great going over to Germany that's for sure, so that won't be an issue and you can't say it's just going out there for the money".
An action-packed round five saw Cleverly get through with a good body shot, only for Braehmer to fire back as both men stood and traded. Only Cleverly will know himself.
"I think if Nathan maintains discipline and uses his boxing skills, he can go and get the win".
The recently crowned WBC world champion at 200lbs still labels his opponent's performance in their second fight as "ridiculous" but believes boxing back down at light-heavyweight could bring the best out of the Welshman again. "I've done the calculations and Kalle is now 3-2 up when it comes to matching our fighters, and that makes Nathan the equaliser". "He's away, fighting in Germany, so he will need to start fast and dominate the rounds as any 50-50 rounds will go to the home fighter, but I still fancy him to do it".