Native American Shawn Hawk may well be a huge underdog but he intends to shock the world when he challenges WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly at the Staples Center in Las Vegas this weekend.
Hawk, who was approached as a late replacement for Ryan Coyne just last week, was only confirmed as Cleverly’s latest challenger on Sunday.
Despite the late notice Hawk promised: “I have been preparing like the fight was going to happen and I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I would win.
“I stay in shape and never weigh more than 180lb so I am always ready to go if the phone rings for a fight.
“I knew plenty about Nathan and watched tapes of him long before I knew I was going to fight him.
“He is a good champion. He is fast, tall, throws a lot of punches and reminds me a lot of another great fighter Joe Calzaghe.”
Hawk, 30, added: “Right now there are no Native American boxers successful at the highest level and I want to make my community proud on Saturday night.”
November 7, 2012