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Nathan Cleverly Record

Total Fights34
Title Wins1
Title Defenses5
Title-Fight KOs3
KO Wins16
KO Losses2
Nathan Cleverly Record & Stats
Nathan Cleverly's Record
Nathan Cleverly's boxing record and career infographic

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      What is Nathan Cleverly's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 12 years and one month, Nathan Cleverly fought 34 times with 30 wins and 4 losses.

      Cleverly retired from professional boxing with a record of 30-4, which included one world-championship elevation, one world-title win, and five successful title defense fights at the light-heavyweight weight division. He had a 47.1% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 16 of his total 34 fights being knockout wins, three of which were in title fights. Cleverly lost twice via knockout, both of them in title fights.

      His last fight was a 5th round TKO defeat to Badou Jack on August 26, 2017. Cleverly lost the light-heavyweight WBA (Regular) title to Jack in this fight.

      Some of Cleverly's best fights and notable victories include wins over Jürgen Brähmer, Aleksy Kuziemski, Shawn Hawk, Tony Bellew, Karo Murat, Tommy Karpency, and Robin Krasniqi.

      34Aug 26, 201730Badou JackLoss *TKO5
      33Oct 1, 201629Jürgen BrähmerWin *RTD6
      32Oct 16, 201528Andrzej FonfaraLossUD
      31May 30, 201528Tomas ManWinKO1
      30Nov 22, 201427Tony BellewLossSD
      29Jul 12, 201427Alejandro Emilio ValoriWinTKO4
      28May 17, 201427Shawn CorbinWinTKO2
      27Aug 17, 201326Sergey KovalevLoss *TKO4
      26Apr 20, 201326Robin KrasniqiWin *UD
      25Nov 10, 201225Shawn HawkWin *TKO8
      24Feb 25, 201225Tommy KarpencyWin *UD
      23Oct 15, 201124Tony BellewWin *MD
      22May 21, 201124Aleksy KuziemskiWin *TKO4
      21Dec 11, 201023Nadjib MohammediWinUD
      20Sep 18, 201023Karo MuratWinRTD9
      19Feb 13, 201022Antonio BrancalionWinTKO5
      18Oct 9, 200922Courtney FryWinTKO8
      17Jul 18, 200922Danny McIntoshWinTKO7
      16May 22, 200922Billy BoyleWinTKO2
      15Feb 13, 200921Samson OnyangoWinTKO1
      14Dec 12, 200821Douglas Otieno OkolaWinTKO4
      13Oct 10, 200821Tony OakeyWinUD
      12Apr 19, 200821Antonio BakerWinUD
      11Nov 3, 200720Joey VegasWinPTS
      10Jul 21, 200720Ayitey PowersWinKO6
      9Apr 7, 200720Nick OkothWinPTS
      8Nov 18, 200619Varuzhan DavtyanWinPTS
      7Oct 14, 200619Tony QuigleyWinTKO5
      6Jul 8, 200619Mark PhillipsWinPTS
      5Jun 1, 200619Brendan HalfordWinPTS
      4Mar 4, 200619Jon FosterWinPTS
      3Dec 4, 200518Lance HallWinTKO3
      2Sep 10, 200518Darren GethinWinPTS
      1Jul 23, 200518Ernie SmithWinPTS

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Nathan Cleverly is a 37-year old retired Welsh professional boxer. He was born in Caerphilly, Wales on February 17, 1987. He is a former light-heavyweight world champion. His professional boxing career spanned more than 12 years — from 2005 to 2017.

      Cleverly made his professional boxing debut against Ernie Smith at the age of 18 on July 23, 2005, defeating Smith via 4 round PTS. He went on to win 25 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 12 wins via stoppage.

      He got elevated as the light-heavyweight world WBO champion at the age of 24 after 21 professional fights, and had his first title defense fight against Aleksy Kuziemski on May 21, 2011, and won via 4th round TKO.

      Cleverly has won one world title at light-heavyweight. He was elevated as world champion once. For all the details about Cleverly's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Cleverly had a total of four losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a light-heavyweight title defense bout against Swedish boxer Badou Jack on August 26, 2017. Cleverly lost the fight via 5th round TKO — and lost his WBA (Regular) title. It's been 6 years, 10 months, and 17 days since this fight.


      Cleverly had a total of eight world-title fights, which includes winning one world title and five successful title defenses. He won six of these fights and lost two.

      Title Wins

      Nathan Cleverly fought for a light-heavyweight world title once, which he won via RTD. He won one light-heavyweight belt. He was elevated as world champion once, by WBO.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Oct 1, 2016Jürgen BrähmerLight-heavyweightWBA (Regular)RTD

      Title Defenses

      Nathan Cleverly had seven light-heavyweight world-title defense fights. He won five of them and lost two times.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Apr 20, 2013Robin KrasniqiLight-heavyweightWBOUD
      Nov 10, 2012Shawn HawkLight-heavyweightWBOTKO
      Feb 25, 2012Tommy KarpencyLight-heavyweightWBOUD
      Oct 15, 2011Tony BellewLight-heavyweightWBOMD
      May 21, 2011Aleksy KuziemskiLight-heavyweightWBOTKO

      Title Losses

      Nathan Cleverly lost two world-title defense fights, and lost a total of two titles in these fights.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Aug 26, 2017Badou JackLight-heavyweightWBA (Regular)TKO
      Aug 17, 2013Sergey KovalevLight-heavyweightWBOTKO


      Cleverly fought a total of 34 times during his professional career, which includes 8 world-title fights at the light-heavyweight division. These five fights are the highlight of his career.

      • September 18, 2010: Nathan Cleverly puts on the first remarkable performance of his career, defeating Karo Murat via 9th round RTD.

      • May 21, 2011: Cleverly gets elevated as the WBO light-heavyweight champion and has his first world-title fight, and successfully defends the title against Aleksy Kuziemski winning the fight via 4th round TKO.

      • October 15, 2011: Cleverly successfully defends the WBO light-heavyweight title against Tony Bellew, winning the fight via 12 round majority decision.

      • February 25, 2012: Cleverly successfully defends the WBO light-heavyweight title against Tommy Karpency, winning the fight via 12 round unanimous decision.

      • October 1, 2016: Cleverly wins the WBA (Regular) light-heavyweight title from Jürgen Brähmer, by beating Brähmer via 6th round RTD.


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