- Light heavyweight
Hawk steps in to face Cleverly in LA
Nathan Cleverly will defend his WBO light-heavyweight belt against Shawn Hawk on Saturday after the American stepped in at short notice to replace Ryan Coyne.
"He has a good record with a high KO ratio," Cleverly said. "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 admits Hawk, who is 23-2-1 with 17 knockouts, could pose him a problem, with the American of orthodox stance, having sparred with southpaw fighters to prepare for Coyne.
"If I go on my fighting instincts I should be fine on fight night," he said. "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."