Nathan Cleverly is out to conquer America this weekend after running out of opponents back home.
The unbeaten maths wizard risks his WBO World Light-Heavyweight crown on Saturday against American Shawn Hawk at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Few in Britain come close to Cleverly, he outclassed his biggest rival Tony Bellew 13 months ago in the second defence of his title that proved he has outgrown any domestic challengers.
Cleverly who has won all 24 fights said: "It was going great in the UK but there were no other challenges left after I wiped the floor with Bellew.
“I needed to spice things up in my career and fighting in America is the way forward for me.”
It’s proved an impossible task getting big names to travel to Britain to challenge Cleverly, who has been harshly slammed by keyboard warriors over some opponents he’s faced.
But he’ll be on the brink of huge unification fights against men like IBF Champion Tavoris Cloud, WBC title holder Chad Dawson, WBA ruler Beibut Shumenov or the legendary Bernard Hopkins if he impresses a a big American TV audience this weekend.
Cleverly, 25, has been in Los Angeles for almost a week and enjoyed the five star treatment he has been receiving.
He trained in front of a huge media gathering at MacArthur Park, been to visit Mickey Rourke’s at the movie legend’s home and trained at the Wild Card gym.
Cleverly added: "This is the place to be. This is where the graft is done. It is a great place to be in and I am glad I am experiencing the atmosphere here.”
HAWK PROMISES TO SHOCK THE WORLD
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Native American Shawn Hawk intends to shock the world when he faces Nathan Cleverly this weekend.
It would be one of boxing’s biggest upsets of recent times if the Sioux Warrior snatched the unbeaten Welshman’s WBO World Light-Heavyweight crown at the Staples Center, Los Angeles on Saturday night.
Hawk who was approached as a late replacement for Ryan Coyne just last week, but only got confirmed as Cleverly’s latest challenger on Sunday.
But he 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 has won 23 of his 26 professional contests, but the community in the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe make sure he can box full time.
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.”