As the 4th defence of his WBO world light-heavyweight title against Robin Krasniqi approaches, Nathan Cleverly believes that keeping active and fighting regularly will be the key to success in 2012.
Cleverly said, “Keeping active will be the key for me. In 2008 and 2009 when I was active, I was rolling out the victories with knockout performances.”
“So, it looks like it does work and hopefully I can repeat that pattern for this year and start reeling off great victories, exciting performances and push on in my quest for unification of the titles.”
In the period that Cleverly talks about, he enjoyed 6 wins with 5 knockouts as he won British and Commonwealth titles from October 08 to October 09 and he plans to keep just as busy in 2012.
“I think it’s going to be a busy year, to be honest. Obviously, this is my 2nd fight of 2012, we’re off to a good start and the plan seems to be in place for a busy year. We’re sticking by it and it’s good signs so far.”
When Cleverly enters the ring at the historic Royal Albert Hall on April 28th it’ll just be 8 weeks since his last fight and the Welshman revealed that he had no qualms about fighting so soon after his last fight.
He said, “I was up for this straight away, as soon as I heard about it I wanted it. Basically, I think with it being so close to my last fight I can take my fitness and conditioning from the last fight to this fight.”
“It’s a matter of just keeping the momentum going, with my training I need to keep ticking over and I’ll be more than fighting fit.”
Able to carry his physical fitness across to a new training camp, Cleverly stressed that it’s his mental focus that’s important to sustain too.
Cleverly opened, “Training’s been pretty much full from the very start. What’s important is that mentally I get my head on it.”
“I’ve had a nice relax from boxing, a good chill out and time off to enjoy myself. But now it’s important in training that I get mentally back into fight and training mode and focus on the fight. It’s vital that mentally I switch back on.”