Lee ‘Kombat’ Clayton 5-2 (2 ko’s) is a fighter really building momentum. Following a setback loss early on in his career, the Heywood super-bantamweight has regrouped and teamed up with trainer Nay Wren-Farrell and has racked up an impressive three wins in a row.
Next up for Lee is a headline fight against Tommy Chadburn 4-1 for the British challenge belt on February 16th on the Kieran Farrell promoted ‘Little Big Men’ show in The Village Hotel, Bury.
KO Boxing News caught up with Lee ahead of his upcoming title fight –
KO – First off, your back out on Feb 16th against Tommy Chadburn. Hows training been going?
LC – It’s going great. To be honest with you, I never stop. I work in the gym in the Hotel where the fight is so im always in shape. Now it’s about fine tuning things with my coach Nay and working on the game plan and how to use my southpaw style to my advantage.
KO – Your on a good run, you’ve won your last 3 fights. Do you feel like your really building momentum now?
LC – Definitely, I believe im improving with every fight. Since I started with my coach Nay, I’ve been undefeated. There was a lot of changes and hard work going on behind the scenes to change my style. I used to be an all-action brawler fighting at 100 miles an hour, but now im more of a boxer and counter-puncher and picking my shots a lot better.
KO – Your fight against Chadburn will be your toughest test yet, so what can we expect from you on fight night?
LC – I think it’s a genuine 50/50 fight. I think he’ll really be game and come to fight and try to take the fight to me. So for me, it’s about looking for openings and using my southpaw style. And to be honest, I believe I can outbox him and I think il have too much for him. on the night.
KO – Your headlining on your home turf, how important will the home advantage be for you?
LC – Yeah, it’s a big advantage. Obviously I work at the venue, and im only a few minutes away from it. It’s a compact venue so the atmosphere will be amazing, il have a big crowd there cheering me on so hopefully we can create a real hostile environment for Tommy.
KO – Your promoted by Kieran Farrell. What it like working with someone like Kieran that’s been there and done it as a fighter?
LC – You cant beat it really. Like you said, he’s been there and done it, so he has that experience and knowledge as a fighter so it’s invaluable really. Honestly, it’s a great team at the moment with Kieran and Nay there, we’re working really well together and really gelling so it’s looking good.
KO – And looking ahead, whats your plan for the next 12 months?
LC – It’s funny, for me I didnt lace up the gloves until I was 21. That was my first fight, so every fight and win for me now is a massive achievement with how far Iv come. But all going to plan, id like to challenge for the central area title over the next 12 months then look ahead to the English title down the line.
I could even look at moving down to bantamweight to go for the vacant central area title there. Im making the weight really easy at the moment so bantamweight wouldn’t be a problem, but im focused on my fight against Tommy first and we’ll take it from there.
Id also just like to thank my sponsors for their continued support – Village Hotels, The Milk Barn, DP Training, Balzare, A & J Gardening, Westbourne Civil Engineering, Pound4Pound Boxing
* Tickets for ‘Little Big Men‘ on Saturday, Feruary 16th in the Village Hotel, Bury are still available through the fighters involved.
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