Kim Clavel will have a double mission, on Tuesday, as it faces the American Natalie Gonzalez on a card Top Rank presented in Las Vegas.
First of all, it has to beat Gonzalez. Then, in a second time, it has to deliver a performance that will convince the leaders of Top Rank offered him a contract for several fights.
“It is an exceptional showcase offered to me, explained Kim Clavel, during a press briefing by video conference. I have a good opponent in front of me. It should give good boxing and good tv.
“I look forward to represent Quebec with flying colors.”
She is well aware of the particular context in which she climbs into the ring. Professional boxing in Quebec is still not déconfinée by the public health.
“I feel fortunate and lucky to have this opportunity, she mentioned. However, I deserve this chance. I have a promoter who has worked hard for what I get.
“I want to live in the present moment and what is happening in Quebec with the public health, I am all over my back. All my concentration is on my fight.”
Not an easy fight
Clavel (11-0, 2 K.-O.) knows very well that she must be wary of Gonzalez (6-0, 1 K.-O.), a girl who won the Golden Gloves in amateur.
“She has a good background in amateur, stressed Clavel. This is a girl who is quite aggressive and works especially in combination. I am confident that we will be able to play him a trick. I look forward to applying our strategy.”
His coach Danielle Bouchard holds the same language as his protégé about Gonzalez.
“We know of girls that she has faced in the amateurs and we also analyzed videos of her in the professional, she said. It has a good jab. If she can, she throws in combination.
“However, Kim is extremely well prepared and has a better jab than his opponent. It has little surprises for her.”
With the pandemic of the COVID-19, Bouchard and Stéphan Larouche had to be creative during the training camp, which was held in the Laurentians.
“This is one of the camps most complex that I had to put on the foot, confirmed Larouche. When Eric Lucas became champion of the world against Glen Catley (2001), it was at Bob Miller in the New York area. It was also archaic and we had to return to the same base type.
“So we were a little bit familiar, in spite of everything. We knew what we was getting into. From the moment you take this decision, you let your imagination go.”
Larouche has especially concocted exercises with rocks in the mountains. Clavel was also in daily contact with his assistant Frédéric Laberge to change the exercises according to the items that she had on hand.
“It was a camp rather unique, said Clavel. I would have liked to introduce a reality television-type 24/7 to demonstrate to what extent it was exceptional. It retains several positive points and we are going to keep some of the exercises for the next few camps.”
“It was fun to organize it, said Bouchard. It was the first time we could live daily life together. The communication was easier. I am convinced that the results will be waiting for you.”