Jaime “The Hurricane” Clampitt’s Farewell Fight on Nov. 22.
Interview by Pattee Mak
October 31, 2013 – As with any professional sport we always hate to say goodbye to our favorite athletic. One in particular… lightweight Jaime “The Hurricane” Clampitt (21-5-1) from Warwick, Rhode Island will walk down to the ring with her intro music on and unfortunately, as of right now, this will be her last walk to the ring as a pro fighter.
On November 22, 2013, Clampitt will be fighting in front of a crowd she knows too well and saying farewell to the boxing world at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. This will be the 4th time she fought as a professional fighter in Twin River. As they always say “Going out with a bang”. I’m sure come the 22nd Clampitt will want to make her last fight memorable for her fans when she is brought into the squared circle to fight Dominga Olivo (8-8-1) of Brooklyn, New York.
Pattee Mak: Tell me Clampitt you last fought back in 2010 against Holly Holm for the vacant International Boxing Association female light welterweight title and you lost by TKO. Now three years later you are getting back into the ring for one last fight. Share with me your thoughts as to where you were for the past three years, why one more fight?
Clampitt: My fight with Holly was devastating. All of the training and sacrifice and the fight was over in a round. I felt the fight should have been a no contest because the injury was not caused by a punch. I had months of physical therapy, it took me time to get over it mentally and physically. But now I am back! I have the time to make the commitment to training and I am so excited to get in the ring for my last fight.
Pattee Mak: Have you been training faithfully since 2010?
Clampitt: I have been busy doing other things. I had my son in January and took about a year off from the gym while I was pregnant to spend time with my daughter and finish school.
Pattee Mak: Since you haven’t been in the ring since 2010 and your opponent only has two fights since 2010. Do you think come the 22nd you will have to shake off any ring dust to get yourself back situated in fighting mode?
Clampitt: I have been feeling great in sparring. I think sparring with Kali [Reis] has helped me shake off the rust. My trainer Steve Maze and I have had a great training camp so far and Steve will have me ready for the 22nd.
Pattee Mak: What have you studied about your opponent?
Clampitt: I have a little. Dominga and I are both entertainers and we will give the fans a great fight.
Pattee Mak: Any predictions about the fight?
Clampitt: I predict that it is going to be a great night. I am so excited to get back in the ring!!
Pattee Mak: Now that you are saying so long to competing in the sport of boxing, will you completely take yourself out of the sport or are you involved in any other aspects of it?
Clampitt: I really want to help grow the sport of female boxing. I feel that growing the gym Striking Beauties and supporting the local female boxers will help the sport. I will always be in the gym because I love training.
Pattee Mak: Your pro debut was back in 2000 against Christina Miller and you won by TKO in round 1. Out of all your 28 fights which one stood out the most? Which one was the toughest and have you ever thought to yourself, “I can’t believe I’m a pro boxer”?
Clampitt: I definitely thought that in my pro debut. I had many tough fights coming up. I feel that all of my fights taught me something and I feel lucky that I got to go up against so many talented women.
Pattee Mak: On the 22nd your future await you. What would you like to say to your fans out there and how can your fans get a hold of you?
Clampitt: I would like to thank everyone that supported me over the years. I have worked with some of the most amazing trainers, sparred with the most amazing boxers (men and women) and have had an amazing promoter [Jimmy Burchfield]. I would like to thank everyone that has ever bought a ticket to see me fight. I am truly blessed that I have had such a great career and can’t wait until the 22nd.
The about bout is subject to change and will be promoted by Classic Entertainment and Sports (CES). Photo credit Ian Travis Barnard.