Jamontay Clark looking to remain unbeaten in first co-main event versus Domonique Dolton on FS1 Friday, November 17
Undefeated Jamontay Clark (12-0, 7 KOs), a 6-feet 2-inch Welterweight who trains and fights out of Cincinnati, Ohio, was originally scheduled for a rematch with Ivan Golub as part of Premier Boxing Champions‘ homecoming bout for former Super Middleweight world champion Anthony Dirrell (30-1-1, 24 KOs).
Golub – a Brooklyn fighter who was born in Ukraine – is out, possibly due to a hand injury, and now Clark’s opponent is one-loss Super Welterweight Domonique Dolton (19-1-1, 10 KOs).
Clark and Golub thrilled fans with eight rounds of heated back-and-forth action June 30 in Toledo, Ohio’s Huntington Center. The bout served as the PBC‘s opening fight for IBF Lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr’s mandatory title defense against Denis Shafikov.
Clark controlled the earlier portion of the explosive eight rounds, Golub came on strong over the fight’s second half, and controversy ensued when the unanimous decision was announced including judge Ken Bucher’s 79-73 card which favored the Ohioan. Clark won by 77-75 on the other two cards.
On November 17 the action takes place in Flint, Michigan at the Dort Federal Credit Union Center located 70-miles from Dolton’s hometown Detroit. Clark took out a moment from his final fight preparations to share some thoughts on his next assignment.
Round By Round Boxing: The Golub fight presented you with the most adversity you’ve faced in your professional career. If you’ve had a chance to watch the fight, what do you think of your performance over the second half of the fight?
Jamontay Clark: Yeah, I went back and looked at it. I feel like I fought smart the second half of the fight and pulled it out. I made the adjustments that I needed to make, and did what I needed to do to win the fight.
RBRBoxing: When the rematch was initially scheduled, what were your thoughts on facing Golub a second time?
JC: I mean I ain’t scared to run from nobody. We could’ve did it again – I wasn’t scared. He’s the one keep making up excuses saying his hand messed up or whatnot. So, you know.
RBRBoxing: You just informed me you’re now fighting Domonique Dolton, a 154-pounder, so what weight will the fight be fought at? And, what’s your thoughts on him as an opponent, being that you’ve moved away from fighting at Super Welterweight?
JC: I guess we’re fighting at a catch-weight, at 150. I just seen that he keep coming forward, he keep bringing pressure, so that’s pretty much all I seen. I just know I’m gonna box smart and do what I need to do, I ain’t worried about nobody else. I’m just focused on what I need to do and what I gotta do.
RBRBoxing: Does the late move to this catch-weight change anything in your final week of training? Does it allow you relax regarding having to make the 147-pound max for Welterweight?
JC: It don’t really bother me at all, it ain’t really nothing. Know what I mean.
RBRBoxing: Overcoming the adversity in the later part of the Golub fight, is there anything from that experience that you could possibly lean on in this situation? Training to fight a familiar fighter, and then this late switch to a naturally bigger fighter.
JC: Not really, I know I showed a lot of grit in that fight. I showed I can make adjustments, and I just did what I had to do to win.
RBRBoxing: Any concerns with fighting Dolton so near to his hometown? Feeling any extra pressure to win more decisively being that you’re in his backyard?
JC: Yeah, I think I gotta win it real clear, but that’s what I planned on going in to do anyway, even if it wasn’t in his backyard.
RBRBoxing: Do you have any thoughts about fighting in Flint, I don’t know if you’re aware of what’s been going on there the last few years with the water crisis?
JC: Not really, I just hope they have a lot of water for real.
RBRBoxing: I know you want to look sharp. Is there anything coach Benford’s had you working on specifically?
JC: Nah, nothing really, we’re just in great shape, we’re going to box smart and stay long, and just go up there and do what we gotta do.
RBRBoxing: What’s this make, three Premier Boxing Champions appearances for you this year? What the development of that relationship mean to you?
JC: I like it man, I like the way they’re treating me. This my first co-main event, so everything’s going pretty swell. I’m happy, ain’t no complaints.
RBRBoxing: Provided that you get past Dolton, what’s the plan for 2018?
JC: I just want to stay fighting consistent. Just keep me fighting consistent, and I’ll be happy pretty much. It doesn’t matter who or wherever, it doesn’t really matter.
This event is promoted by TGB Promotions and Salita Promotions and will be televised on FS1 and FOX Deportes beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
The card will be headlined by a matchup pitting former Super Middleweight world champion Anthony Dirrell (30-1-1, 24 KOs) against Denis Douglin (20-5, 13 KOs), along with an eight-round Junior Welterweight battle featuring once-beaten prospects Ryan “Cowboy” Karl (14-1, 9 KOs) and Kareem Martin (9-1-1, 3 KOs).
All photos by Leo Wilson/Premier Boxing Champions
Anthony Dirrell photo provided by Teia B. Harris/Love Publicity