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Boxing champ Nathan Cleverly swaps gloves for gown

Nathan Cleverly after graduating
Image caption Nathan Cleverly graduated with a 2:2 in mathematics

European boxing champion Nathan Cleverly has just become a BSc in mathematics but wants more letters after his name - world champion.

The 23-year-old, from New Tredegar in Caerphilly county, graduated from Cardiff University in a ceremony at St David's Hall in the city on Wednesday.

Cleverly has been juggling fractions with fighting but now wants to focus on securing a world boxing title.

He hopes a fight in September will take him a step closer to his dream.

Cleverly said his four years at the university had been "the best of my life".

He 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."

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