When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Kim Clavel could have done what ever other athlete has done: train while waiting for good news. Instead, the 29-year-old decided to return to her roots in order to try and heal the world.
Clavel (11-0), the WBC-NABF Light-Flyweight Champion, has returned to being a nurse to help with the ongoing situation. For six years prior to boxing, she worked in the maternity ward of Lanaudiere Regional Hospital Centre in Quebec. Now, Clavel is back in her scrubs, this time at the Rosemont Paul Gouin facility to help the elderly.
“I’m not scared,” Clavel told The Montreal Gazette. “I know we have a risk. I know it, but I’m not scared of it. I want to help people so much that I forget about myself. I follow the rules and protect myself because I want to protect them, but I’m not scared of it.
“I had the choice. I could have stayed home, doing nothing, and waiting for the government money. No. I had the permission to help and I need to help, so I did it. I feel I can make a difference.”
Becoming a pro in 2017, Clavel has primarily fought in Canada. She beat Esmeralda Gaona Sagahon back in December for the WBC-NABF Light-Flyweight Title. Clavel was supposed to defend the title against Esmeralda Moreno on March 21, but plans changed as a result fo the virus. With two wins via knockout, Klavel was growing before our eyes.
So far, no patient under her care have passed away as a result of the coronavirus. A few symptoms are recorded, whether it be a fever or something else. The patients she deals with go through depression or a sense of feeling alone. It requires her to work extremely hard in order to make sure everyone is OK, no matter the circumstances.
“A lot of them are scared,” Clavel went on to say. “They feel alone. At the end of the day, I’m asking myself which one is the biggest killer — COVID-19 or the feeling of being alone? I don’t know which will kill more old people. Right now, the solitude is hard for them.”
It is unknown when boxing will get back to normal. Several promotions have postponed events until June the latest. For now, Klavel is doing her best to make sure everyone is taking care of. This is her biggest fight to date, one she is looking to take out with a lot of patience and hope.