CLEV­ERLY RE­TIRES

MON­DAY Au­gust 28, 2017

Boxing News - - The Week -

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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