Couch-Clampitt II Fight of the Year candidate
PROVIDENCE, RI (December 1, 2004) – The 10-round co-feature title fight on “Bragging Rights,” the holiday pro boxing show December 10 at Foxwoods Resort Casino, figures to strike a blow for women’s boxing and be a 2004 Fight of the Year candidate as pioneer Jane “Fleetwood Assassin” Couch (24-6, 8 KOs) and former world champion Jaime “The Hurricane” Clampitt (14-3, 5 KOs) square-off in a much anticipated rematch.
Article posted on 01.12.2004
World Boxing Council Youth middleweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (15-0, 10 KOs), of New Haven (CT), will be featured in his first main event December 10 against former World Boxing Association champion Carl “The Squirrel” Daniels (49-4-1, 31 KOs) in a 10-round title match headlining “Bragging Rights,” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES) in association with Foxwoods Resort Casino and CN8, The Comcast Network at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
“Bragging Rights” will be taped live and air in primetime Saturday, December 11, 7:30-10:00 PM/ET on CN8, The Comcast Network to 6.4 million homes from Maine to Maryland. CN8’s coverage of “Bragging Rights” will also be available on Comcast Digital Cable’s ‘ON DEMAND” service and online at www.cn8.tv. Overall, “Bragging Rights” will be broadcast on tape delay in up to 20-million additional households nationwide.
“Bragging Rights” Getaway Contest
One lucky CES web site visitor will win a pair of VIP tickets to “Bragging Rights” at Foxwoods, as well as a room for the night of the fight (Dec. 10) at Two Trees Inn, dinner and breakfast for two, as well as have his or her picture taken with Burchfield and former five-time world champion Vinny Paz. Registration is free and all eligible entrants must be at least 21 years of age. Go to www.cesboxing.com to register. The contest winner will be chosen at random Dec. 7 and contacted via email or phone.
The original Couch-Clampitt bout last June was arguably one of the best female boxing matches ever as Couch traveled from her England home to Foxwoods, where she won a unanimous 10-round decision (96-94, 96-94, 96-95), as well as the IWBF and NABAW light welterweight titles from Clampitt, the popular fighter out of Narragansett (RI) via Canada.
Real fighter’s fight and that’s what exactly Couch and Clampitt are doing once again. Jaime refused to use any excuses for her loss, despite her close friend and co-head coach Tiny Ricci dying two days before her fight against Couch, and Jane showed her true colors by signing to defend her IWBF title back at Foxwoods against Clampitt.
Women’s boxing needs exciting, competitive match-ups like Couch-Clampitt. “I think this is a major fight for women’s boxing,” Clampitt said. “There are a lot of talented female fighters out there, but it takes a fight like this to put women’s boxing at the next level. I made more of a mark in our last fight than I did in any of my wins. I’m not saying that a loss is good, it’s not, but sometimes rewards in a fight out weigh the risks. It’s also great to be fighting on television because there are solid female match-ups that happen, but nobody really sees them. The public has such a negative perception of female boxing and that will not change unless the public gets to see fights like this. Television networks haven’t really warmed up to female boxing. I’m lucky my promoter, Jimmy Burchfield, stood by me and lobbied CN8, The Comcast Network to get me on television last June. Everyone at CN8 has been great to women’s boxing and me. Until networks like HBO and Showtime step up and get behind female boxing, however, you won’t get to see many mega-fights that female fans clamor for because the money to make those fights is just not there.
“I really respect Jane Couch as a true champion for coming right back to fight me. Also, her and her team showed me a lot of respect our last fight. At the (final) press conference I was too emotional to speak (her trainer had died earlier that day) and she basically had the microphone to herself. Jane could have talked all the trash she wanted, but she didn’t and I respect her for that as well as for what she had to go through (court) to become a fighter in England. She’s now a five-time world champion who has fought just about everyone you can think of. Her record is a like a Who’s Who of female boxing and it’s an honor to fight her again.”
U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada, of Providence (RI), makes his pro debut in a four-round Special Heavyweight Attraction against Anthony Ottah. Estrada was the first amateur boxer to win both the U.S. Nationals and U.S. Challenge three years (2001-2003) in a row. He went unbeaten at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and was the lone U.S. boxer to capture a gold medal at the 2003 Pan-Am Games, in addition to becoming the first non-Cuban to ever win the super heavyweight championship there.
Also scheduled to fight on the undercard in separate matches are Providence’s unbeaten super middleweight Joey “The KO Kid” Spina (13-0, 10 KOs), now trained by former world light heavyweight champ Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, unbeaten light heavyweight Wayne “Lights Out” Johnsen (5-0, 4 KOs), fighting out of Peabody (MA); Providence junior welterweight “Steamin’” Josh Beeman (3-1, 1 KO) and Haverhill (MA) welterweight prospect Angel Vargas (1-0, 1 KO).
Tickets, priced at $75.00, $60.00 and $35.00, are available by calling CES’ corporate headquarters at 401.724.2253/2254, Foxwoods’ box office at 800.200.2882, or going on line at www.foxwoods.com. For additional information call CES or visit its web site at www.cesboxing.com. Call TransMedia Entertainment Group at 610.627.0606 or 203.288.7111 for television advertising or broadcasting opportunities.
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