MONDAY August 28, 2017
NATHAN CLEVERLY announces his retirement after losing his secondary WBA light-heavyweight title when being stopped in five rounds by Badou Jack in Las Vegas.
The Welshman showed his bravery with his willingness to fight on while he was being outclassed at the T-mobile Arena, but amid his inability to defend himself from increasing punishment, required referee Tony Weeks to come to his rescue.
Having previously considered retirement following the first defeat of his career, by Sergey Kovalev in 2013, and long appearing in a steady decline, he has chosen to retire at the age of 30 with his options minimal.
“Well done to the new champ Badou Jack,” Cleverly writes on social media. “Thank you for the opportunity to fight on this event. Also, a massive shout out to those that have supported me over the years. I’ve lived it and loved every second of the sport.
“[I have] a few too many miles on the clock. [It’s] time to say goodbye. Thank you and goodbye boxing.”
Cleverly, who had a memorable two-fight rivalry with Tony Bellew, previously held the WBO light-heavyweight title, but was dethroned by Kovalev.
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