Nathan Cleverly will face late replacement Shawn Hawk on Saturday
Last Updated: 05/11/12 1:17pm
Nathan Cleverly: Must face late replacement Shawn Hawk
Nathan Cleverly will defend his WBO light-heavyweight title against little-known American Shawn Hawk in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Cleverly was originally pitted against unbeaten Ryan Coyne, but the fight fell through due to contractual problems and Hawk has stepped in to challenge for the title at late notice.
The 28-year-old Atlantic City man, nicknamed 'Sioux Warrior', appears to be a decent puncher with 17 of his 23 wins coming inside the distance, but he lost his last fight on points against Eleider Alvarez in the summer.
Hawk did also go the distance against world title challenger Matt Godfrey in his only other loss and Cleverly should be given some rounds as he attempts to enhance his reputation in America.
Cleverly had prepared for southpaw Coyne and now must face an orthodox fighter in Hawk, but he insists the late change of opponent has not unsettled him.
"I will be aiming to look good and will definitely be trying to take him out," he said. "I will look at about three minutes of Hawk on YouTube. That is all I need to see what he's all about.
"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.
"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."