Custio Clayton: Canada’s ‘War Machine’
Battle-Ready for Lipinets Clash!
By Brody Drew
(October 16th) Canada’s Custio Clayton, the 18-0 Welterweight standout, is set to clash with Russian Sergey Lipinets (16-1-0) for the Interim IBF title at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday October 24th LIVE on SHOWTIME.
Custio Clayton is no stranger to the big stage. Dubbed ‘War Machine’ due to his versatile, ‘take all comers’ style, the 2012 Olympic Games quarter-finalist – the pride of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – is training for his just-announced bout with Lipinets with a fury worthy of his namesake.
Celebrated Coach Eric Belanger, having guided Clayton through the entirety of his unblemished pro campaign, has witnessed firsthand the preparation necessary to capture the coveted Interim IBF title.
“He’s a Coach’s dream. Custio is professional, coachable, regimented… and moreover, he genuinely loves the process. To see his transformation from amateur to pro has been phenomenal.”
Pressed to extol the virtues of the undefeated Clayton, Belanger is quick to celebrate the development of his charges’ arsenal.
“I believe he has one of the best jabs in the division, especially to the body. It’s devastating, and he’s now coupled it with a great inside game. Custio has the versatility it takes to go through the ranks… he can fight, he can box, he can move. He’s become a complete fighter. Training camp has been brilliant, and we look forward to the challenge.”
Although the bout was officially announced on October 15th – due to prior opponent Kudratillo Abdukakhorov having to drop out due to visa issues – Belanger doesn’t view the nine-day turnaround as a ‘late-notice’ contest.
“Custio has been asking for a fight of this magnitude for some time – and we’ve preparing for a challenge like Lipinets. We’ve been training hard for months… and, thanks to his work ethic and dedication, we’ll be ready on October 24th.”
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“Many of my fighters are taking Brains Pure CBD to aid recovery, and help get a good night’s sleep” Belanger shares. “We’ve been able to press harder – for longer – in the gym knowing they’re able to give their bodies proper rest, and the accelerated recovery means ligaments, tendons, joints and muscles aren’t getting too beat up day-to-day. It’s made a tremendous difference. With Brains Pure CBD – and some great support from Inflector Environmental Services – our sponsors have given us the tools to ensure we’re performing at peak capacity.”
The bout, to be broadcast live on SHOWTIME, has all the trappings of a breakthrough showcase for Clayton. Having represented Canada in front of 10,000 fans at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England – with millions more watching at home – the Ottawa, Ontario based Clayton recognizes the opportunity to prove himself a star in an already-stacked division. Now, backed by Brains Pure and days from a world stage not foreign to him, War Machine stands poised to capture the Interim IBF Welterweight title.
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Former World Champion Sergey Lipinets to Face
Unbeaten Custio Clayton for Interim IBF Welterweight Title LIVE on Showtime PBC Card October 24th!
(October 16th) Former world champion Sergey Lipinets will now face unbeaten Custio Clayton for the Interim IBF Welterweight Title headlining action live on SHOWTIME Saturday, October 24 from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Kudratillo Abdukakhorov, who was originally scheduled to face Lipinets, was forced to withdraw because of visa issues.
The SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will see undefeated contender Xavier Martínez battle hard-hitting Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero in a 12-round WBA Super Featherweight Title Eliminator in the co-main event. Rising super lightweight Malik “Iceman” Hawkins will duel knockout artist Subriel Matías in a 10-round showdown to kick off the televised action.
The event is promoted by TGB Promotions, Lee Baxter Promotions and Mayweather Promotions.
“Custio Clayton is an outstanding replacement opponent given the late change and should provide a stiff test against Sergey Lipinets on October 24,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Clayton was already deep into training and will bring a wealth of experience, from his amateur days through his impressive pro career, into this showdown with Lipinets. This is a great opportunity for Clayton to announce himself as a welterweight contender against one of the division’s most dangerous fighters.”
“I’m very happy to have this opportunity,” said Clayton. “This is exactly the type of fight me and my team have been asking for. My preparation has been very good. This might seem like it’s last-minute, but I am more than ready for whatever Lipinets brings on October 24.”
The 31-year-old Lipinets (16-1, 12 KOs) will look to remain unbeaten since moving up to welterweight in 2018 and position himself for further title opportunities in the welterweight division. Born in Kazakhstan and representing Russia, Lipinets now lives in Woodland Hills, Calif. and is trained by renowned coach Joe Goossen. Lipinets has put together three straight victories since losing his 140-pound title to four-division champion Mikey Garcia in March 2018. Lipinets scored two victories in 2019, including a stoppage of two-division champion Lamont Peterson in one of the year’s most exciting fights.
A 2012 Canadian Olympian, Clayton (18-0, 12 KOs) fights out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada and will make his U.S. debut on October 24. The 33-year-old is unbeaten since turning pro in 2014 and most recently scored a knockout victory over Diego Ramirez in January. Clayton owns 2019 triumphs over former champion DeMarcus Corley and Johan Perez, in addition to a 12-round decision win over then unbeaten Stephen Danyo in 2018.