11th November 2012

By James Slater 
Nathan Cleverly improves to 25-0(12) with 8th-round TKO over Shawn Hawk.
Though
it has erroneously been reported in certain quarters to have been
unbeaten Welshman Nathan Cleverly’s U.S debut, the 25-year-old’s fight
with late replace foe Shawn Hawk certainly resulted in an impressive
statement for “Clev.” Defending his WBO light-heavyweight title for the
fourth time last night, the maths graduate put a pounding on the brave
and gutsy Sioux warrior.
Looking to impress on the big bill at
The Staples Centre, Cleverly came out fast and never let off with the
pressure.

Perhaps a little too anxious at times, Cleverly, who loves a
tear-up, was forced to take the occasional right hand to the head, but
his sheer strength and his high volume work-rate eventually proved too
much for the 28-year-old.
Twice in the 7th Cleverly had his man
down, finally ending matters at the 1-minute and 53 second mark of the
8th, as referee Tony Crebs had seen more than enough and dived in. Hawk,
now 23-3-1(17) had never been stopped before in a pro career than began
in 2004.
Cleverly was unmarked after the profile-boosting fight,
and he further mingled with celebrities Sir Tom Jones and actor Mickey
Rourke. The talk now is of Cleverly’s next fight. The word is he may
fight again in America, possibly at The Barclay’s Centre in Brooklyn,
New York; possibly against living legend Bernard Hopkins.
According
to The Mail Online, “The Executioner,” now aged 47 and coming off a
wide points loss to Chad Dawson, will face either Cleverly, IBF champ
Tavoris Cloud or WBA ruler Beibut Shumenov on March 9th.
Cleverly
would, one presumes, take the fight in a heartbeat, seeing as how a win
over the Philadelphia great, a stoppage win particularly, would be
massive for him. But will Hopkins, as cagey and as wise as he is, opt to
take on the arguably less polished Cloud or the 13-1 Shumenov
instead?
Potential U.S stardom awaits the man from The Cefn Fforest.