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Steve Claggett will fight Jose Benavidez Jr

Steve Claggett will fight Jose Benavidez Jr

By Don Smith | June 25, 2014

Boxing Fans,

Dateline Phoenix: Arizona Boxing News & Notes has learned  that  Canadian welterweight Steve Claggett will fight Jose Benavidez Jr. on the July 26 Iron  Boy 14 Card co produced by Iron Boy & Top Rank. This development may irk Fan Base Promotions who though Claggett was going  fight Juan Jesus Rivera  on their “Redemption Under the Tent” show  on July 6 in Calgary. According to Henri Westcott, spokesperson for Fan Base, Claggett is banned from  further Fan Base Shows after withdrawing from what was described as a self reported  dog bite. Claggett’s record stands at 19-2-2 while Benavidez Jr. remains undefeated at 20-0.. The bout is scheduled for  10 rounds and will be held at the Celebrity Theatre. UniMass will broadcast the event. ..Westcott says the fight won’t happen because  Claggett will back out; that piece of speculation  remains to be seen.

The flap  with Claggett and  Fan Base started when Claggett’s father  reportedly told Fan Base that his son (Steve Claggett) had agreed to fight on the July 6 six bout card in Calgary at the Roadhouse. Fan Base used that alleged verbal confirmation to start selling tables and tickets for the event based on the fact that the Canadian superstar boxer  (Claggett) was on the card. Fan Base called me almost two weeks ago and reported that Claggett was being taken off the card because of a dog bite. Fan Base has since replaced Claggett with

Samuel Vargas who will face Rivera in a  scheduled for 8 round main event.   Vargas despises Claggett and accuses the 25 year old fighter of ducking him after several invites to meet Vargas in the  ring.. I couldn’t confirm dif that accusation was just blow or reality.

Fan Base became  understandably suspicious  when Claggett allegedly aired derogatory remarks (aimed at Fan Base) through Facebook. According to informed sources; the father instructed his son (Steve Claggett) to take off the alleged inflammatory remarks. Fan Base plans to ban Claggett  from any future participation on Fan Base Shows.

Claggett’s side of the story may surface at the press conference and weigh-in for the Iron Boy 14 show (co-produced by Top Rank)  in Phoenix. It should be a lively press conference

and the back and forth between Fan Base & Claggett should sell tickets to both shows. Controversy is always good for boxing….Don Smith, Arizona Boxing News & Notes… Until Next Time!




















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