For the Kim Clavel clan, there is no doubt: the mid-fly is ready for a world championship fight.
Defeating the Mexican Maria Soledad Vargas by unanimous decision of the judges on Saturday, at the IGA stadium, Clavel (14-0, 2 KOs) got his hands on the Silver belt of the World Boxing Council (WBC), which means that she is now the obligatory contender for the champion, the Mexican Yesenia Gomez.
The 30-year-old c, champion of the North American Boxing Federation (NABF), was already ranked No. 1 in the division. Adding the Silver belt to his record means that Gomez will not be able to avoid it.
When will this fight take place? As soon as possible.
“We will sit down as a team. Health first and foremost is the priority, said. Clavel after the fight. We’re going to take a short week’s rest. But we have a bright future ahead of us. Whether in two months, in three months, we will be ready. We’re going to do whatever it takes to get the other belt. This is our goal. I’ll let Yvon (Michel) handle this. It’s his job and he does it very well. ”
“Kim is right: the important thing is to let the dust settle. We’re going to take a good week’s vacation and then we’ll get the four (Clavel, his coaches Danielle Bouchard and Stéphan Larouche, and Michel) together. They will tell me what they think. Based on that, I’ll organize an event.
“I have already discussed with the promoter of Yesenia Gomez. We had agreed that if it was conclusive, it was in this direction that we would go. The fight was very successful. It is an extremely significant victory. It’s just an administrative matter now. The time that Kim has a good rest, that his team gives me the OK and we will go in this direction.
“I don’t know how much time (Gomez) has. I don’t know when she defended her belt. In fact, I don’t know if she has ever defended her belt against her mandatory midshipman. This is information that I will seek. “
According to the site boxrec, Gomez (18-5-3, 6 KOs) has never faced the holder of the Silver belt. Her last title defense dates back to October 30, 2020, against Mirna Sanchez, a boxer who was then 5-0-1.
It will also be necessary to see if Clavel suffers from any injury whatsoever: her right side of her face was extremely swollen and already blued when she met the reporters. The doctor there at the IGA stage strongly advised him to have this examined more closely as soon as possible.
But everyone around him is unanimous: Clavel is ready for Gomez.
“Kim had a big challenge. (…) From round to round, it was always better, more comfortable, more efficient, underlined Bouchard. This is exceptional. For a trainer, that means adjustment: that’s what we want. We saw (Saturday) everything we worked on in the gym. This is what made Kim so successful. We’re ready for the next challenge. It takes fights of this magnitude to take the next step. “
“I didn’t turn corners,” added Clavel. I did all my homework. Today it really paid off. It’s with opponents like Maria Vargas that we get better. She gave me a hard time. We had to adjust between rounds. After the first round, I said to myself: ‘Phew! We are in a real fight. It’s going to be hard’.
“(Saturday), my strike force was really effective: we were able to slow it down, especially at the end. What surprised me: I was not tired of the fight. I had energy. Between rounds, I couldn’t wait for the bell to ring to go back. ”
“Vargas, it was our third choice, because it was the best of the three,” added Michel. Initially, we had agreed together to do a fight to bring Kim back into the ring. Circumstances made us have this test. At one point, I told Stéphan that the only (option) we had was Vargas. And she wanted this fight! She did whatever it took to be able to come here. It was not the plan (to face such a strong opponent) at the start. In the end, it wasn’t three steps, but a whole floor that Kim took. ”
No question now of going to look for one or more preparatory fights before Gomez.
“If we decided that she needed a fight or two before going to the world championship, she could end up with an opponent superior to the champion,” noted Michel. Kim is there. ”
“It was the fight we needed. The last step before the highest of the podium was (Saturday) evening, ”concluded Bouchard.