Boxing - Cleverley calls for Bellew rematch after cruiserweight debut

Former light-heavyweight world champion Nathan Cleverly made short work of Shawn Corbin in his debut at the cruiserweight class.

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Nathan Cleverly (L) celebrates his victory over Shaun Corbin after their WBA Inter-Continental Cruiserweight Title bout at the Motorpoint Arena on May 17, 2014 in Cardiff (Getty)

Cleverly delighted his home fans in Cardiff with a slick second round stoppage in his first fight since losing his WBO light-heavyweight title to Sergey Kovalev in August 2013.

Tony Bellew, who won his cruiserweight debut in March, was an interested observer ringside.

Cleverley beat Bellew by majority decision in October 2011 and it now seems likely they will meet again if they both come through a co-headlined bill in Liverpool on July 12.

"I was pleased when [Bellew] won his first fight at cruiserweight, he had a great knockout victory," Cleverly said

"We've set that fight up nicely, it's a domestic grudge match and fight fans love those.

"It's a proper rivalry. We were at it from the first press conference, it was very heated. He wants to be No.1 and I want to be No.1.

"We can both fight, the first fight was good so it sets up the second fight lovely."

Elsewhere on the Cardiff bill Welsh featherweight Lee Selby outpointed Mexico's Romulo Koasicha in the WBC International title eliminator.

Selby is hoping to land a world title fight with WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire.

The 'Filipino Flash' is a three-weight world champion who next fights Simpiwe Vetyeka in Macao for the the WBA Super World featherweight title on May 31st.

Meanwhile, former WBA light-welterweight champion Gavin Rees finished his fine career in style with a points victory over Gary Buckland.

It was the second time the pair had fought out an absorbing 12 round contest this year, with Rees avenging his loss from February in what he confirmed would be his last fight before the bout.

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