Pat Tillman Award Winner Kim Clavel Set For Boxing Return
Following a busy few months in which she put her boxing career on hold, Kim Clavel will be returning to the ring.
It was announced that the 29-year-old Clavel (11-0), who won the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the ESPYs, will compete on July 21 for Top Rank on ESPN. An opponent has not been named yet but is expected to be soon. The fight will take place inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.
“I am grateful to Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), Top Rank, and ESPN for this opportunity, which allows me to make my United States debut on a major ESPN-televised card in Las Vegas,” Clavel stated in a release. “This is significant for my boxing career, and my training team and I are already counting down the days.”
Clavel is the WBC-NABF Light-Flyweight Champion. She won the title back in December, beating Esmeralda Gaona Sagahon. Clavel was supposed to face Esmeralda Moreno for the title in March but the coronavirus postponed the bout. As a result, she decided to return to nursing, working at the Rosemont Paul Gouin facility in Quebec to help the elderly during the pandemic. She previously stated a lot of the people she treated were scared and her job was to make sure they weren’t alone during this troubling time.
While she was away, Clavel continued to stay in ring shape through programs showcased on social media. She was honored not long ago with the award named after former Arizona Cardinal Pat Tillman, who left his football career behind to serve in the military following the events of September 11, 2001. A member of the 75th Ranger Regiment, Tillman was killed in April 2004 as a result of friendly fire while in Afghanistan.
“When Kim Clavel’s boxing career was paused due to the pandemic, she didn’t hesitate to go head-to-head against this new opponent,” said Yvon Michel, Clavel’s promoter. “It is with the same courage and enthusiasm that she will step into the ring on July 21 to pursue her goal of becoming world champion and continuing to inspire people. Thank you to Top Rank and ESPN for offering Kim this unique opportunity to showcase her world-class talent.”
A proposed fight being penciled in for that night is Oscar Valdez v. Jayson Velez.