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Profile: Nathan Cleverly

Winner announcement: Monday evening, 6 December on BBC Wales radio, online and television, with review of the sporting year at later date.

Nathan Cleverly has continued his rise as Wales' brightest young boxing talent and stands on the brink of a world title shot.

Nathan Cleverly
The foundation for a fine 2010 was Cleverly claiming the vacant European light-heavyweight title

The 23-year-old faces Alejandro Lakatos on 11 December in Liverpool for the WBO interim title - and the right to face the winner of the bout between full WBO champion Juergen Braehmer and WBA holder Beibut Shumenov.

Cleverly's last fight was an impressive 10th-round stoppage of the previously unbeaten Karo Murat in Birmingham last September, taking the Welshman's record to 20 wins from 20 fights, with 10 of those stoppages inside the distance.

His performances over the past year saw Cleverly win the coveted Boxing Writers' Young Boxer of the Year award.

The foundation for a fine 2010 was Cleverly claiming the vacant European light-heavyweight title with an impressive stoppage of Italian Antonio Brancalion at Wembley Arena.

Victory over the former European champion saw Cleverly add the European belt to the British and Commonwealth titles he already held.

That saw Cleverly join great Welsh boxers Jim Driscoll, Freddie Welsh, Eddie Thomas, Dai Dower, Johnny Owen and Colin Jones in simultaneously holding British, Commonwealth and European titles.

Cleverly's success this year was not just inside the ring, as the Cefn Fforest man graduated from Cardiff University after completing his mathematics degree.

see also
BBC Wales Sports Personality 2010
04 Dec 10 |  Wales
Profile: Gareth Bale
29 Nov 10 |  Wales
Profile: Jazz Carlin
29 Nov 10 |  Wales
Profile: Dai Greene
29 Nov 10 |  Wales
Profile: Becky James
29 Nov 10 |  Wales
Profile: Robert Weale
29 Nov 10 |  Wales
Cleverly world title shot delayed
14 Oct 10 |  Boxing
Cleverly wins top writers' award
01 Oct 10 |  Boxing


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