Result: Nathan Cleverly defends WBO title in America

Nathan Cleverly successfully defends his WBO light-heavyweight title in Los Angeles.

Nathan Cleverly has defended his light-heavyweight world title, stopping Shawn Hawk in eight rounds in Los Angeles last night.

Nathan Cleverly fighting Shawn Hawk© AP Photos

It was the Welshman's fourth successful defence of the WBO belt and his first appearance in America.

Hawk was only confirmed as Cleverly's opponent earlier this week when original challenger Ryan Coyne had to pull out.

The 25-year-old took some heavy shots but used his superior skill and hand speed to extend his unblemished record to 25 fights.

Hawk was down twice in the seventh before a left-hook ended the fight in the next round.

It was the first time the American had been stopped in his 26 bouts.

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