Nathan Cleverly will defend his WBO World light-heavyweight title against Shawn Hawk (23-2-1, 17 KOs) at the Staples Center, Los Angeles on Saturday night. The American, 28, steps in at short notice and replaces Ryan Coyne who was forced out of the big showdown because of contractual problems.
Welsh ring idol Cleverly said: “He has a good record with a high KO ratio. So he’s a big puncher and I won’t treat him lightly because I can’t get careless or reckless. He has a big opportunity by coming in late for a world title bid. He has nothing to lose. He is dangerous but I will be on my guard….I will be aiming to look good and will definitely be trying to take him out. I will look at about three minutes of Hawk on You Tube. That is all I need to see what he’s all about.”
Cleverly admitted that the late switch has caused him a slight problem. He has sparred with southpaw boxers preparing for Coyne while South Dakota’s Hawk is orthodox. “If I go on my fighting instincts I should be fine on fight night. I should be able to do the business. I got to the stage where I didn’t care anymore who I was fighting. I decided I was ready to come here and fight whoever it is.”