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Undefeated CdA boxer tries to pace himself

Steve Christilaw Correspondent

Shawn Hawk is learning economics.

The undefeated Coeur d’Alene cruiserweight is scheduled for his first six-round professional fight tonight as part of the boxing card that begins at 7 p.m. in the Coeur d’Alene Casino’s House of Fury.

In a preliminary bout, the hometown favorite faces Ken Schomber, a cruiserweight from Indianapolis who has three victories in 11 professional fights.

Hawk’s previous seven fights were all scheduled four-rounders, but only two went the distance. The 21-year-old has five victories by knockout.

“I’ve been working hard to be able to go six rounds,” Hawk said. “I’ve been working at least 15 rounds a day – some in the ring, some on the bag.

“Mostly I’ve been working on not punching so hard the whole fight. I’ve had kind of an amateur style so far. I come out and go as hard as I can from the opening bell. You can do that when you only fight three rounds as an amateur. I have to be more economical. I don’t have to hit as hard as I can with every punch. I have to learn to pace myself and pick my spots.”

Hawk’s last fight, a four-round unanimous decision over Spokane’s Paul Percell, was televised nationally – a big hit back home in North Dakota.

“My family all saw the fight,” Hawk said. “They all called me up after and told me about it. It was a big deal for them.”

A Dakota Sioux originally from Crow Creek, S.D., Hawk said he’s happy to be fighting on what he considers to be home turf.

“I love fighting here,” he said of the Worley casino. “This is like being back on the reservation. I feel at home here and the fans are loud and they support me here.”

Coeur d’Alene Casino promoter Moe Smith doubles as Hawk’s trainer – a relationship that has brought the boxer along slowly and steadily, earning national recognition before he officially turned 21.

“Moe knows it all,” Hawk said. “We get along great. I listen to what he says. We butt heads every once in a while, but I pretty much go along with what he says and do things his way. It works.”

Tonight’s main event pits veteran “King” Arthur Williams (39-13-1, 28 knockouts) against Ali Supreme (15-5, 7 knockouts in 21 professional fights), the current North American Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion, in a title fight.

Supreme, 32, born Greg Jones in Chicago, scored a unanimous decision over Darrin Humphrey to earn the vacant NABF belt in March.

Williams, a two-time world champion, is a headliner on his third consecutive Worley card. In March he scored a unanimous decision over Seattle’s Tim Shocks. In September of last year he scored a TKO over Mead’s Luke Munsen.

Spokane heavyweight Chauncy Welliver (25-3-3, nine knockouts) faces one of his most seasoned opponents in the semi-main event. The “Hillyard Hammer” faces David Robinson (17-39-2, 10 knockouts), a cruiserweight from Oklahoma City, Okla., in a bout scheduled for eight rounds.

Also on tonight’s card is Sandpoint’s Favio Medina (7-1-1, 3 knockouts), who faces Carson Jones (4-0, three knockouts), from Oklahoma City.

Spokane heavyweight Skyler Anderson, who recently graduated from East Valley High School, makes his professional debut, facing Mike Shanks (6-22, two knockouts) from Kokomo, Ind.

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