Guyana’s Sean Corbin will fight Wales’ Nathan Cleverly Saturday for the WBC Inter-Continental cruiserweight title in Cleverly’s hometown of Cardiff, Wales.
Cleverly (27 fights—12 knockouts and one loss) is making his cruiserweight debut against Corbin (21 fights-17 ko’s, four losses) at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales and the Welsh star promises to pack a punch at his new weight.
But Corbin’s manager Lystra Cudjoe said while Corbin, who flies out to Wales today, is comfortable at the weight, it will be Cleverly—moving up from light-heavyweight for the first time to face the Guyanese puncher--who has to make the adjustment.
“We have been monitoring the press releases from the Cleverly camp and he is struggling to get up to the cruiserweight level (200lbs) as we all know he used to fight at 175 pounds and he is barely getting to the 200. Sean is already at 200 and staying steady. He (Corbin ) is a lot stronger and prepared for this fight,” she said at a media conference at the Spirits Restaurant and Bar on Cipriani Boulevard. Cudjoe added that all four of Corbin’s losses had come in short-notice fights outside the country.
“We are looking forward to bringing the belt back to Trinidad,” Cudjoe said.
Corbin said he is ready to execute and expose weaknesses in Cleverly’s game.
“I have watched a few fights with him and he seems to be a pretty good fighter but yet still he has some flaws, whereby he leaves an opening for a right hand and that’s exactly what I intend to do,” Corbin said.
Former promoter Boxu Potts believes it is all up to Corbin to follow, stick and execute his fight strategy.
“If Sean (Corbin) fights to the plan and listens and executes, he can bring back this WBC title,” Potts said.
Potts said, as opposed to his other international engagements , Corbin has had his best preparation—a two-and-a-half month period--as compared to the usual last minute one to two-week acknowledgement.
“So it would be a kind of a surprise factor because this time he is well prepared for this fight,” Potts said, adding that Corbin is a bigger puncher, and bigger, stronger fighter than Cleverly.
Potts, who will not be making the journey to Cardiff to accompany Corbin, says he will be advising the Guyanese of the fight plan while former top local boxer Ulric Johnsonand manager Cudjoe will be in Corbin’s corner.
However, what the 27-year-old Cleverly is giving up in weight, the 39-year-old journeyman Corbin is conceding in age.
Cleverly, the former WBO champion is returing to the scene of his August defeat to big-hitting Russian Sergey Kovalev last year and is ready to show that he’ll have extra power at 200lbs. But he is looking to kick-start a stalled career, having pulled out of three fights and switched promoters, leaving long-time associate Frank Warren for Eddie Hearn in March
The fight will be streamed live on the internet on skysports.com.