Two-time Canadian welterweight champion Steve “The Dragon” Claggett (23-3-1, 16 KO’s) has within the past couple years had some of the worst luck in boxing with fights falling through or being cancelled. Some of the fights may have not of had much significance but staying busy and improving yourself and your record are always important. Some fights that were supposed to happen (Jeremy Bryant, Dmitry Mikhaylenko, Victor Ortiz, Dusty Harrison and Alan Sanchez) would have done wonders for Claggett in many ways especially in status and recognition as a fighter.
Recently, Claggett was scheduled to fight on March 12th on the Zab Judah undercard against Jermyn Bryant in Las Vegas, Nevada but the fight along with the entire card was scrapped after some issues arose with the filing of some wrongful information in Judah’s documents. Despite the cancellation and the disappointment he has been hit with Claggett remains optimistic.
“Boxing is not an easy sport, it’s probably one of the only sports in the world where something like this could happen,” Claggett told Tha Boxing Voice. “If this was an NHL or an NBA game, the show would have continued and the people at fault would be fined afterwards. Unfortunately for me, this is my livelihood, this is how I make a living and this is what my time and effort goes into all year round. Needless to say, this was a mental, emotional and financial disappointment. Regardless of this spree of cancelled fights falling through that I have ran into over the past couple months, I have to focus on the positive, that being the fact that I have still been getting my name out there and have been making good connections in the boxing world. I will not be discouraged because I know that when I finally get to where I’m meant to be I will be that much more prepared and experienced. My team was ready for victory this time around and we will be the exact same way next fight. I’m back in training camp and I will never be phased by things like this, it’s nothing new to me.”
Claggett continued, “this is not a charity case or a cry for sympathy. I don’t care about what hasn’t happened and I don’t blame anyone. The boxing gods are testing me to see if I really want it, and I’m going to show that I do.”