Cleverly beats Braehmer by TKO for WBA belt, 2nd world title

NEUBRANDENBURG, Germany (AP) Nathan Cleverly of Wales defeated Juergen Braehmer by technical knockout to take the German's WBA light heavyweight belt and his second world title on Saturday.

After six evenly matched rounds, the defending champion indicated he couldn't continue due to a problem with his right elbow.

Cleverly had been the busier fighter, while Braehmer relied on counterattacks, and seemed to pack a cleaner more powerful punch.

Cleverly improved to 30-3 (15 KO) after claiming his second world title at the same weight. He lost the WBO belt to Sergey Kovalev by TKO in August 2013.

Cleverly says, ''I needed this back. Now I'm a two-time champion of the world and I'm so grateful.''

Braehmer, who dropped to 48-3 (35 KO), says a rematch has been agreed.