When Will Clay Collard Fight In A Boxing Ring Again?
One of the most fascinating individuals to watch since Top Rank’s return to action in June has been Clay Collard. The former MMA star has managed to turn heads with his power and durability. As a result, Top Rank is looking to utilize him as much as possible.
Collard (18-8, 1 NC MMA) started his MMA career in 2011. He fought all over and made it to the UFC in 2014. “Cassius” went 1-3 with the UFC and continued to fight wherever needed. Born in Utah, Collard recently signed with the Professional Fighters League, but due to the promotion canceling its 2020 season, Collard decided to keep himself busy.
Boxing since 2017, Collard (8-2-3) went 1-1-3 to start his career. He fought eight times in 2019 and just competed in his fourth fight of 2020.
“The key is just staying consistent,” Collard stated regarding his work ethic, via Boxing Scene. “I work hard every day. I listen to my coach every day. He yells at me every day. It’s just about staying consistent and keeping the ball rolling.”
At 27, Collard is in what some call the prime years of a boxer. Looking to be more involved in the sport, he started 2020 with a win over Quashawn Toler and a month later beat Raymond Guajardo. When Top Rank returned in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Collard’s name was called upon. He beat David Kaminsky via split decision and returned a month later to beat Lorawnt T. Nelson via TKO on July 14.
Slowly growing more confident with each fight, Collard is looking to evolve in all aspects of boxing. With multiple fight days almost over as July ends, how long does Collard want to wait for his next fight?
“As soon as Top Rank wants me back, I’ll be ready,” Collard went on to say. “Next month on ESPN, let’s go! This whole ‘A-side’ and ‘B-side’ thing doesn’t matter to me. I’m a fighter. I’ll fight anybody.”