Sycuan inks Shawn Hawk


Sycuan inks Shawn Hawk

Sycuan Ringside Promotions has added another young prospect to its growing roster of boxers--undefeated and powerful, 22-year-old light heavyweight Shawn Hawk. The strong and hard-hitting Hawk, from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has a record of 12-0 with 10 knockouts is on course to be the most successful Native American boxer ever. Except for two bouts in North Dakota, all of Hawk’s first 12 fights were in Washington and Idaho.  Now that he’s with Sycuan Ringside Promotions, Hawk knows he’ll box in more locations and gain increased television exposure. “I’m excited to be with Sycuan Ringside Promotions,” said Hawk.  “I’m looking forward to fighting in California and Las Vegas and having more people see what I can do now, and what I will be doing in the future.”

      “Shawn is an important addition to Sycuan Ringside Promotions,” said Glenn Quiroga, president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions.  “Not only is he the first Native American boxer Sycuan Ringside Promotions has signed, he’s, first and foremost, a tremendous prospect.”

      “We anticipate Shawn eventually being a force in the light heavyweight and then the cruiserweight divisions,” said Willie Tucker, executive vice president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions.

      Hawk is managed by his father, Ray Hawk.

      “This is a wonderful opportunity for Shawn,” said Ray Hawk.  “Not only is he with the up-and-coming promotional group in the country in Sycuan Ringside Promotions, this is a great example of Native Americans working with Native Americans.  This is the kind of relationship that’s good for everybody, and we have no doubt it’s a relationship that will be both long and successful.”

      “It was important we put Shawn in an environment in which he can take advantage of his skills and abilities and, in turn, maximize his potential,” said Scott Woodworth, vice president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions.  “That’s why Shawn is moving to Southern California so he can get more and better training opportunities.”

      Hawk, who turned pro during 2004, has stopped his past five opponents: Doug Kaluza in the second round July 29, 2006, in Boise, Idaho; Joe Evans in the second April 28 in New Town, N.D.; Shane Fisher in the second Oct. 27, 2005, in Worley, Idaho; Paul Purcell in the third July 8 in Boise; and Ken Schomber in the first June 16 in Worley.

      Sycuan Ringside Promotions of San Diego is considered to be the fastest-growing and most dynamic promotional entity in the sport.  Sycuan Ringside Promotions made its promotional debut during 2004, but already has six current of former world champions and has promoted and presented world title bouts on premium cable networks across the country.

      Sycuan Ringside Promotions has many notable boxers in its stable, including welterweight world champion Carlos Baldomir, undefeated former World Boxing Organization junior featherweight champion Joan Guzman, World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez, International Boxing Federation lightweight interim champion Julio Diaz, World Boxing Association super bantamweight interim champion Celestino Caballero, former WBO bantamweight champion Mauricio Martinez and undefeated teenage lightweight Jorge Paez Jr.

      Sycuan Ringside Promotions is led by Quiroga, Tucker and Woodworth