PROVIDENCE- Apparently the road to a world
title fight for Jamie Clampitt won’t be paved with any easy nights. She
wouldn’t have it any other way.
"Tough fights like this will just make me a better fighter," said
Clampitt after a roller coaster ride of a brawl, Saturday night at the
Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Her opponent, Cynthia "Sunshine" Jones, of Miami, possessor of just
five professional bouts and a late find for the card proved to be anything
but fodder for the hard hitting Calgary native in the super lightweight
Clampitt, rated 3rd in the latest WIBF rankings captured the judges’
scorecards to the tune of 59-56, 59-55 and 57-57 in gaining the
Clampitt, weighing in at 144 ½ pounds, was coming off a tough bought
with Summer DeLeon last October at Foxwoods Casino. Jones at 146
lbs., provided similar resistance for the Narrgansett resident this time
out as well.
Jones, changed Clampitt’s fight plan abruptly after being the aggressor
in a high charged-punch filled second round.
I didn’t expect this. She was a lot bigger and I felt her strength
right away," said Clampitt after the bout which was part of a eight fight
card. "I didn’t really see her during the weigh in but when she got out
there you could notice the size difference. I didn’t really feel that I
could do anything and then the strength on top of that kind of took my
fight plan away."
Clampitt attired in powder blue and white scored early in the fight,
sticking a straight right into the face of Jones and backing her up into
the ropes.Clampitt finished off the round by capping a combination with a
strong right cross that landed cleanly.
But Jones fashioned her best round in the second, keeping Clampitt
close, availing a number of opportunities to score with short-tight
"She was rangy, she was tall and she was bigger than us and Jamie had
to adapt," said Clampitt trainer Chuck Sullivan. "She had a little trouble
early adapting to it but she caught on later. I think in our situation,
this time it was Jamie’s conditioning that won it for her."
Clampitt echoed her trainers sentiments, offering, "I felt in the first
round that I tried to box but I couldn’t get in after her jab or her right
hand. Second round she came on really strong. I knew that in the third and
fourth rounds it was a close fight and I had to give it my all. It wasn’t
a pretty fight at all but I knew that with my conditioning and my heart,
that I just did what I had to do to win the fight."
The third round proved to be the hardest to score of the evening and
featured the largest portion of sustained action of the bout.
Both fighters were more than willing to scrap from the outset. Clampitt
hung a strong right at the end of an early round flurry and Jones answered
with a crisp right of her own while Clampitt was leaning on the ropes in
the blue corner.
"I knew that after the second round, what I was doing wasn’t working,"
said Clampitt. "I carried through the fight, things that I shouldn’t have
been doing but I listened to my corner. After the second round they said
to stay close and she made it hard for me to stay close too. Even though
it was working it wasn’t easy for me to do what I had to do to win the
At the urging of her corner before the start of the fourth round, Jones
began to piece together a string of combinations. Clampitt continued to
move well however and kept the final two rounds on an even keel.
"Her (Jones) record is very deceiving because she lost to a world
champion," Sullivan said of his fighters opponent.
Deceiving indeed. The 27 year old Jones last fought in late September
of last year in West Palm Beach, Florida against Karla Redo.
In a four-round welterweight bout, WIBF Intercontinental Welterweight
champion, Redo (8-1-0) won an unanimous decision over the scrappy Jones.
"I’m not happy at all, " said a disappointed Jones after
the verdict was read. "In the third I was letting her hit me to wear
her down. But she never really hurt me at all."
Jones’ career appears to have gotten a boost from former light
heavyweight contender "Killer" Joe Golphin. The Miami native has
worked with Jones for less than two months but Saturday’s performance
appears to be a major step forward for both parties.
"He’s made me more aggressive," Jones said of her new
trainer. "In my last two fights, I lost by decision and wasn’t as
aggressive as I was tonight. I really gave it all I had. I guess it’s
back to the drawing board.
Similarly, Clampitt will focus on what it will take to keep her
ascending the ladder, according to Sullivan.
"Jamie’s coming along. It’s a learning process. She made a few
mistakes which she immediately recognized after the fight. She had her
head down at some points when she shouldn’t have but the Jones hits
hard. Jamie came on strong at the end. I think that she wore her down.
Hopefully her next opponent will be her size. She (Jones) weighed in a
little heavy but we took the fight anyway and the result is there. A win
is a win."