The 36-year-old Froch (31-2, 22 KO) earned revenge and unanimously outscored Mikkel Kessler to win the WBA crown in their rematch on May 25.
Long criticized for battling a host of tomato cans, Cleverly (26-0, 12 KOs) wants Froch to gain weight so they can scrap in the future.
“(Froch’s) also been disrespectful to me by saying I’m not a worthy challenger. But he’s only interested in staying at super-middleweight and fighting smaller guys coming up to his weight,” the Welshman told The Sun. “I’d beat Carl Froch. He knows that and that’s why he’s gone as quiet as a mouse about the fight.”
Cleverly will face Sergey Kovalev on August 17 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.
Comparatively, Froch is in negotiations to throw fists with Commonwealth titleholder George Groves.
A Nottingham native who is also a past two-time WBC super-middleweight king, Froch has a granite chin and solid power in both hands.
Although a standout pugilist, “The Cobra” is absolutely not one of the preeminent “British champions” in history.
Nevertheless, despite sacrificing some size, Froch is a legitimate badass who would manhandle the unproven Cleverly.
Should the two blokes meet in 2014, expect Carl Froch to knock Nathan Cleverly onto Queer Street within 10 rounds.by