She is an invigorated, but above all irritated, Kim Clavel who will seek to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight belt from Yesenia Gomez on July 29.
The friendly Montreal boxer showed a completely different face at a press conference on Monday, a month before the biggest fight of his career.
We can understand it: this long-awaited duel has already been postponed three times, first for injuries on both sides, then for COVID-19, which Clavel (15-0-0, 3 K.-O.) contracted in April.
However, it was Gomez (19-5-3, 6 KOs) who added the straw that broke the 31-year-old athlete’s camel, claiming that Clavel had faked his infection and sent arrows to his clan along the way.
“I can understand the frustration, but there are things you can’t say, the Quebecer decided. To say that my team is a bunch of non-serious clowns and that I’m pretending to have COVID hasn’t gone badly at all.
“I was sick, high fever. He pained me that she thought such things. I have something in my heart and she will definitely fix it. He doesn’t know which firewood I’m warming up to. “
Through an interpreter, the 26-year-old Mexican has somewhat tempered her remarks, but has essentially conveyed the same message to the fifth boxer who will try to steal her crown.
“I’ve been ready since December. Has been a long time. I hope Kim is ready this time too. The past is [derrière nous]. “
Usually calm and friendly, Clavel will thus tap into a new form of energy in the ring. However, he assures us that he won’t get carried away by his emotions.
“I have the ability to channel emotions,” he continued. When I was working as a nurse, there were often emergencies and we had to stay focused and have good judgment.
“Since I have this little hatred, I broke all my records in the gym. I think it will be the same on July 29th. It’s a new vibe and I’m fueled by it right now.
Her coach Danielle Bouchard was at the forefront of the genesis of her protégé version 2.0 and expressed her excitement to see her at work in the cables.
“It’s the fourth retreat and Kim has never been so ready. More determined than Kim, it’s difficult. I’m excited, can’t wait. I’m patient, but my patience has its limits, ”she laughed.
Lunches with grandma and resilience
After testing positive for COVID-19 in April, Kim Clavel took a short vacation to recharge. She now she shows the rigor and dedication of a boxer who will try to become world champion in a month, but she still takes the time to have lunch with her grandmother every week to “get out of boxing”.
It may seem trivial, but this weekly bout is no small feat for the World Boxing Council Silver Champion. She had not previously given herself room to maneuver in anticipation of a fight, but he said he learned from his last training camps.
“It’s the school of life. With cancellations and injuries, psychologically, you have to be strong,” he said at a press conference on Monday. It’s an apprenticeship. I talked to psychologists and a lot to my family. I cried, I was angry, I was disappointed.
During her rest period, Clavel took the time to see her loved ones to treat her ailments and realized the importance of keeping both feet on the ground during her preparation.
“This time, every Wednesday, I go to lunch with my grandmother. She revitalizes me. The week is boxing, boxing, boxing. When we are together, we don’t talk about it. She is good for me. “
His work ethic remains unwavering. She simply allows herself to “experience her training camp by doing things that make her feel good,” while sticking to her game plan.
“Think boxing, live boxing, sleep like a baby, eat like a nutritionist, he listed with humor. I will do it until July 29th. On the 30th they will be my two “steamed” hot dogs.