Badou Jack is stepping up in weight to fight Nathan Cleverly for the WBA light heavyweight title
NATHAN CLEVERLY promised Badou Jack a “rude introduction” to the light heavyweight division in their world title bout on Saturday.
The Welshman will take on the American for the WBA light heavyweight title on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s battle with Conor McGregor in Las Vegas.
Jack is part of Mayweather’s stable but is moving up from super middleweight, where he held the WBC strap.
And, at their grand arrival in the Nevada desert on Tuesday, Cleverly was adamant he will be victorious.
“I just love this place – this is my favorite city on the planet,” Cleverly said outside T-Mobile Arena.
“To fight here in Las Vegas and defend my world title is great.
“Badou is a top fighter and it’s going to be a tough fight.
“He’s fighting an established light heavyweight like myself. I’m a two-time champion of the world and he’s going to find out what I’m about.
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“I just told him welcome to the division. He’s going to find out the hard way.
“I’m going to give him a rude introduction to the division and show him how a world champion does it.”
Jack, though, promised to knock Cleverly out in his first fight at the higher weight class.
He said: “Right now I’m just excited to be here in front of the fans. I can’t wait to put on a show Saturday night. I’m going to knock Nathan Cleverly out.
“This is the best camp I’ve had of my career. I have an amazing team and we’ve worked well together. I’m ready to get in the ring.
“This is the biggest stage you can be on. All my my teammates have been training hard and the whole Mayweather Promotions stable is ready to fight.”