NATHAN CLEVERLY has got a taste for Los Angeles life.
The unbeaten Welshman makes the fourth defence of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Light-Heavyweight title in the City of Angels against Shawn Hawk at the Staples Center on Saturday evening.
Since arriving last Friday, Cleverly has visited Mickey Rourke’s house, sparred at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card gym and impressed at a public workout at MacArthur Park on Monday afternoon.
American and Hispanic media were keen to interview Cleverly.
He said: “I didn’t expect this type of reaction, but I am really enjoying it.”
Cleverly, 25, had the unexpected spar yesterday morning feeling he needed a few rounds against an orthodox boxer like late sub Hawk, having initially prepared for a southpaw.
Nathan 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.
“I am doing it early on in my career which is better than later on when I may look back and regret not doing it earlier.
“I am nice and early in my career now at the age of 25 and taking this opportunity means I can look back with no regrets because I have done it nice and early.”
Cleverly v Hawk will be shown live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation (Sky 437/Virgin546). Join at boxnation.com
Donaire-Arce news conference this Saturday – Open to the public!
HOUSTON (November 6, 2012) – Top-Five pound for pound fighter and four-division world champion NONITO “Filipino Flash” DONAIRE and five-division world titlist JORGE “Travieso” ARCE will host a Houston News Conference This Thursday! November 8, beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT at Toyota Center. Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs), a native of General Santos City, Philippines, now living in the Bay Area of San Leandro, California, will risk his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight crown against Arce (61-6-2, 46 KOs), of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México, one of boxing’s most exciting and popular fighters on Saturday, December 15 at Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets, and televised live on HBO®.
The news conference will be open to the public. Fans can enter through the Rockets Team Shop Lobby (street level on the Polk Street side of the Toyota Center), beginning at 11:00 a.m. Media are requested to check in with Mandy Walsh at the Administrative Entrance, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Joining Donaire and Arce at the news conference will be Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, Arce’s promoter Fernando Beltran Donaire’s manager Cameron Dunkin and University of Notre Dame champion and light heavyweight prospect MIKE LEE, who trains in Houston, and will risk his undefeated record on the Donaire vs. Arce undercard.
Tickets to the Donaire vs. Arce World Junior Featherweight Championship event will go on sale This Friday! November 9, at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are priced at $200, $100, $60, and $30, plus additional fees, and can be purchased at the Toyota Center box office (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.), online at www.HoustonToyotaCenter.com , by phone at 866- 4HOU-TIX (866-446-8849) and select Houston area Randalls stores. This prestigious event is promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate.
For fight updates go to www.toprank.com or www.hbo.com/boxing.
KID YAMAKA TO MAKE STAPLES CENTER DEBUT THIS SATURDAY!!!
On Saturday, November 10, 2012, Bash Boxing’s Zachary “Kid Yamaka” Wohlman will graduate from the Hollywood fight circuit to the home of the Lakers, Clippers and Kings when he will be featured on the undercard of Golden Boy Promotions’ world championship tripleheader at STAPLES Center.
Wohlman, the protégé of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and trainer of world champions Eric Brown, is currently undefeated after 5 professional bouts (4-0-1). The subject of a recent cover story in LA Weekly magazine and a current fashion model for American Apparel, Wohlman has ignited the local boxing scene by infusing style, old school boxing and a large following of young and faithful fans.
Special blocks of tickets for Kid Yamaka fans has been created in all price categories for his November 10 bout at STAPLES Center. Fans can purchase tickets in the Kid Yamaka sections by going to www.bashboxing.com or www.zacharywohlman.com.