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Local boxer Shawn Hawk falls in WBO title fight

November 11, 2012

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— Lawrence resident and professional boxer Shawn Hawk lost his challenge for the World Boxing Organization’s light-heavyweight title belt Saturday night at Staples Center.

Nathan Cleverly, left, of Wales knocks down Shawn Hawk during the seventh round of their WBO light heavyweight title bout, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in Los Angeles. Cleverly won in an eighth round TKO.

Nathan Cleverly, left, of Wales knocks down Shawn Hawk during the seventh round of their WBO light heavyweight title bout, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in Los Angeles. Cleverly won in an eighth round TKO.

Nathan Cleverly, the current light-heavyweight title holder out of Wales, took down Hawk in the eighth round by technical knockout.

Cleverly (25-0) battered Hawk (22-3-1) throughout the bout before dropping the challenger with a hard left hook at 1:53.

Hawk was added to the fight just five days earlier as a replacement for Cleverly’s original opponent, Ryan Coyne. Coyne backed out of the fight because of a contractual dispute with boxing promoter Don King.

Comments

Steve Jacob 2 years ago

Knowing very little about boxing, guessing since he was picked to fight so late, that he was a heavy underdog and going eight rounds was pretty good.

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