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Boxing champion Nathan lands Cardiff University degree

14 July 2010

Mathematics student and boxing champion Nathan Cleverly today collects the first of two titles he aims to secure in 2010.

Nathan today becomes a BSc in Mathematics at Cardiff University – and also intends to add "world champion" to his name before the year is out.

Nathan, from Phillipstown in South Wales, has been juggling full-time study with the disciplines of professional boxing for the past four years. He retains a 19-win unbeaten record and has won British, European and Commonweath light-heavyweight titles – while also getting to grips with Stochastic Models and Fluid Dynamics.

Nathan, who graduates with a 2:2 at a University ceremony at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall today said: "I have always tried to make the most of my opportunities – whether it is an exam or a fight. My tutors at Cardiff have been very good about giving me the time I needed for boxing – and likewise, my trainers have understood the demands of undergraduate study.

"These years at Cardiff University have been the best of my life. I have no regrets about combining boxing and mathematics – they have both given me a tremendous amount."

With the degree safely in the bag, Nathan moves on to his next challenge- fighting unbeaten German Karo Murat, for the Interim WBO Light-Heavyweight title in Birmingham on September 18. The fight, promoted by Frank Warren at the LG Arena, could take Nathan one step closer to his second dream – a world title.


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Stephen Rouse,

Public Relations Office,

Cardiff University.

029 2087 5596

07753 688232


Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.