WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly of Wales will be defending his title against Shawn Hawk at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Nov. 10. Hawk was named as a late replacement for Ryan Coyne, who was Cleverly’s originally scheduled opponent.
However, Coyne pulled out of the title fight after a contract dispute with Don King, his promoter. Hawk was announced as the new opponent on Nov. 5.
The 25-year-old Cleverly, who is unbeaten with a record of 24-0 with 11 KOs, will have to do adjust his training routine this week since Hawk is an orthodox boxer and he was preparing for a southpaw in Coyne. The 28-year-old Hawk was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and now fights out of Atlantic City, New Jersey. He has a 23-2-1 record with 17 KOs.
Cleverly said he doesn’t think the change in opponents will affect him as long as he uses his boxing skills and instincts. He said he doesn’t really care who he’s fighting and is just anxious to put on a good show during his first bout in America...