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News / Sports / Virgin Islands / March 22, 2019

V.I. heavyweight champ Clayton Laurent, Jr. is looking to improve his record to 4-0 with a win March 29th over German Garcia (4-1.), according to a release issued Thursday.

The bout was finalized Wednesday through Laurent’s promoter Lou DiBella, of DiBella Entertainment, and will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Zayas Montañez in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, where Clayton won his last bout in December against Kenny Cruz Carasquillo (3-3-1.)

German, a southpaw, generally fights as a cruiserweight — or just above — and is looking to rebound after a March 2018 loss against Mexico’s Lino Sanchez (1-0.) In selecting the opponent, Clayton’s camp said they were looking for a suitable challenger for the heavyweight, who has continued to streamline his training and conditioning routines.

“This opponent is taller and has good boxing skills that will push me to the next level in my professional career,” Mr. Clayton said. “Going in, I’m going to take my time, let my jab set up my punches, and if I have the chance to take him out early, I’ll do that. Otherwise, I’m excited to get back into the ring and do what I do best.”

“While this bout is another four rounder, we’re hopeful that by the middle of next year — with Clayton’s steady improvement — we will see him competing in six and eight round bouts,” Mr. Clayton’s co-manager Matt Clark said Wednesday.

“We are delighted that Clayton is going to be back in the ring and is continuing his development as a professional boxer,” Mr. Clark added. “I know he’s been working on a few things since his last bout, and one of those is his conditioning. I’m looking forward to seeing this improvement as he begins climbing in the rankings.”

For more information on Garcia, visit: http://boxrec.com/en/boxer/681186.

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