"Hurricane" Clampitt was born on 8 July 1976 in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan,
Canada and has since lived in Calgary, Alberta and in Narrangansett, Rhode Island.
Jaime began her boxing career at age 16 as an amateur at the Regina Boxing Club in
Saskatchewan. She later boxed out of Calgary's Inner-City Club where she was
trained by John Rajala.
She began boxing after getting bored with gymnastics after eight years
"My mother told me to flip through the yellow pages of the phone book, and pick a sport. The first
one I came to was boxing, so I told her I wanted to do it." No one took her seriously, but her father
brought her to the local boxing gym, not expecting her to last through the day. He was mistaken!
At the first annual Ken Goff Memorial Boxing Classic on February
4, 1994 at the Queensbury Downs in Regina,
Jaime (135 lbs), then of the Regina Boxing Club, won a unanimous decision over
Dayna Sanderson of the Saskatoon Boxing Club. Sanderson had been named
1994 Saskatchewan Female Boxer of the Year.
In the third annual Ken Goff Boxing Classic on April 19, 1996 at Regina's
Centre of the Arts, future IBA junior bantamweight world
champion Kathy Williams of Thunder Bay, Ontario
won a split decision over Jaime in a 60-kg bout.
Jaime won the Canadian national 60-kg (lightweight) championship in 1997, then traveled to
Europe with the national team for two ground-breaking international
In a Sweden vs. Canada Dual meet held in Gothenburg, Sweden on May 4, 1997, Clampitt was edged out in a 60-kg bout by Sweden's Josefin Carlsson by a 14-13 margin.
Jaime went on to win her bout in the Finland vs. Canada Dual Meet in Tampere, Finland on May 8, 1997.
Jaime defeated Finland's Teija Ojakangas by a 2-1 margin using the Finnish scoring system (in which
scoring blows do not count for points, but punching skills, mobility, and
are evaluated in a range of 5 to 1 points). Clampitt received a
special trophy for the "most memorable performance" at the second meet.
At a tournament held in Calgary, Alberta on October 11-12 1997, Jaime (142 lbs) won a
bout with Angela Manuel (140 lbs) of British Columbia.
Canadian amateur boxer Misty Shearer, another participant in the same
tournament, told me: "I guess Jaime has had a bit of
a layoff, but it didn't show. She was very aggressive and moved in and out
well. Angela never backed down from Jaime. That was impressive but I noticed
after half way of the second round the punches becoming a little slopping,
not sharp down the center, more and more wide hooks. The third round was more
of that. They were moving back and forth but the punches weren't sharp. There
was one time it looked like Jaime was dazed but Angela never saw it and backed
off. Jaime won a unanimous decision but I think if it would have been
computer scoring Angela might have won or at least got a decision. Jamie
was just aggressive but not really the sharp accurate punching the computer
scoring looks for."
In the 60-kg division of the 1998 Canadian national championships,
Jaime defeated Sonja Caron of Quebec by first-round stoppage in a semifinal bout
on Thursday, January 15. She went on to lose to Ontario's Debbie Richards in the
gold medal bout by a 17-9 score. Misty Shearer told me "by this score you would think it was a
walk over but it wasn't. Jaime has improved a lot since I last saw her fight, she is a really
good boxer. Debbie is a scrapper throwing a lot of punches really wild. Unfortunately
for Jaime she fought back that way and it didn't work. Debbie would just
come barrelling in, and that's really hard for a technical boxer to fight.
So fighting Debbie style (just a flurry and hope to hit the target), Jaime
lost. I talked to some people who had watched the semi finals ... by far
Jaime is the better boxer."
Jaime won the gold medal in the 63.5-kg (light welterweight) division of the Canadian nationals held in
Sudbury, Ontario on 23-24 January 1999
by defeating Tanya Robertson of Ontario by a 7-4 score.
(At that time Jaime's amateur record was 15-4).
On March 24, 1999 in the first leg of the Canada-Sweden Dual held in Sudbury/Azilda,
Ontario, Jaime won her bout in the 63.5 kg class by defeating highly regarded
Swedish champion Frida Wallberg by an 11-5 score.
On May 15, 1999 at the Feenix Cup in Turku, Finland, Wallberg got her revenge by
outpointing Jaime 10-6. Clampitt told a Calgary reporter "I was heartbroken after I lost to (Wallberg)
at the Feenix Cup, but it really taught me something. I was kicking her butt, but I wasn't letting the
judges see my scoring blows, and trying too hard for the knockout. I just watched the tape of the bout
the other day and can't wait to get her again." (Wallberg continued fighting as an amateur and
regarded as one of the best of the strong Swedish team; she turned pro in 2004
and could be an exciting rematch for Jaime in the future!).
On June 25-26, 1999 in the 63.5-kg division of a USA vs. Canada
exhibition Dual Meet at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, USA 1999 silver
medalist Jean Martin of Brooklyn, New York defeated Jaime when the referee stopped the
bout in the second round.
Before this USA-Canada tournament,
Clampitt had decided this would be her last
last amateur fight before turning pro, saying that her style was more
suited for the women's pro circuit. "I'm ready for the next level, I learned all I
could as an amateur, and it's my time", she told the Calgary Sun.
As an amateur, she had compiled a record of 25-6.
Clampitt's amateur coach John Rajala told the Women's Boxing Page "she's such a pleasure to coach,
she knows what she wants, and she goes after it. And setbacks don't seem to shake her too
Jaime made her pro debut at 137 lbs on January 14, 2000 at Ogden Legion Hall in Calgary, before
a crowd of 600. Jaime won by TKO at 0:56 of the first round over Christina Miller (124½ lbs) of Ashtabula, Ohio,
who dropped to 0-9. Clampitt attacked Miller from
the opening bell and landed a series of punches to the head
before Miller, who was covering up against the ropes, asked the referee to stop the bout.
Ashtabula-trained boxers are notorious for quitting early in pro fights in which they have
been badly overmatched, so this debut assignment was an easy one for an experienced fighter like Jaime.
On April 26, 2000 in Edmonton, Alberta, Jaime (down to 130 lbs) won a four-round decision
over Jamie Day of Ogden, Utah, who was making her own pro debut. (Day had yet to win her first pro bout in five
On September 20, 2000 at the Mayfield Inn Trade Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Jaime won a
unanimous 40-36 decision over Cathy Boyes of Kamloops, British Columbia. Boyes fell to 0-4 as a pro boxer but she was
more of a test for Clampitt as she had taken on several very experienced pro fighters, including Snodene Blakeney and
On February 9th, 2001 at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut Jaime had her first pro
bout outside Canada. She weighed in at 136 lbs and faced a much tougher opponent than in
her previous pro fights ... highly regarded local fighter
Liz Mueller (5'4", 133 lbs) ...
as well as her first six-round bout. Mueller was coming off a
split decision loss to four-time world champion Marischa Sjauw of Holland and had previously
defeated British powerhouse Jane Couch.
aggressive style gave her a razor-thin edge over Clampitt's speed and movement in
the middle rounds, and she handed Clampitt a loss by a 58-56, 58-56, 57-57 majority
decision. Clampitt came out working her jab but the pace soon quickened as both
went to throwing combinations. They went straight after each other in the second
with Mueller attacking Clampitt's body. The third saw non-stop action with good
combinations but both also moving well, Clampitt busier, but Mueller landing the more
solid punches, particularly to Clampitt's body. The action was interrupted briefly when Clampitt lost her mouthpiece. Mueller went to Clampitt's body more aggressively in the fourth,
and caught Clampitt with some very hard blows, but Clampitt used her defensive skills
to fend off most of Mueller's attack. In the fifth,
Mueller looked stronger while Clampitt appeared to be slowing under
the barrage of body shots. In the sixth round, they traded blows and Mueller
lost her footing and fell to the canvas. Clampitt lost her mouthpiece again
about 10 seconds before the final bell. This was a well-fought action-packed
bout that helped to promote women's boxing on ESPN2, who
carried it live on Friday Night Fights. Mueller moved to
6-1 (2 KO) with the win.
[Full fight report and photos]
Although Clampitt suffered her first pro defeat in this bout, she clearly showed that she belonged
in the same ring as Mueller, who's hung tough with two of the world's best fighters in this
weight bracket. Clampitt also showed poise and conditioning in a six-rounder on an aggressive
opponent's home turf, and she projected a good "presence" in the ring. The bout
showed that Jaime was clearly the latest potential pro boxing star to come out of the Canadian
women's amateur program.
On May 18, 2001 at the Palace Ballroom in Calgary, Canada,
Jaime (138½ lbs) won a hard-fought four-round unanimous (40-37,39-37,40-36) decision over
Brenda Bell Drexel (5'2½", 137¼ lbs)
from San Marcos, Texas. (Fight photo at right courtesy of
Canadian Pro Boxing Scene).
Women's Boxing Page correspondent Kevin Cockle
described this as a "flat out action fight, life and death for
first few seconds ... told you everything you needed to know about Brenda Bell
Drexel. Walking straight in, clubbing alternate lefts and rights, she proceeded
to back Jaime up all around the ring ... landing loud to the body and driving
the Canuck into the corners and ropes with a chugging assault ... at the bell,
ringsiders were palpably nervous for Jaime. The second was more of the same, but
Clampitt began to execute better ... now she stepped back with purpose,
walking Brenda into punches, and putting some straight combinations together.
The lateral movement was now working to set up Clampitt's counters and midway
through the round, she landed a beautiful fish-hook right uppercut under
Brenda's chin, lifting the bald pate straight up to cheers from the crowd. Back
and forth the action surged - Brenda pounding away to the body and landing hard
right hands to the head - Jaime cuter with her feet, chopping the hook and
landing right uppercuts. In the third, Clampitt was putting everything together.
Starting the round behind a stiff jab, Jaime issued straight combinations and
continued to circle, turning her opponent and working at a blistering pace.
Drexel refused to be discouraged, continuing to bull her way in and landing
plenty, often turning Jaime's head with clubbing overhand rights. The fourth
opened with that straight series of lefts and rights to the face from Clampitt
which quickly evolved into Jaime improvising to deal with Drexel's constant
pressure. Clampitt went to the body with spearing right hands - Drexel answered
with a bashing left hook flush on the jaw. No clinching ... Drexel didn't so
much cut off the ring as simply close distance, willing to pay the price to get
off herself. At the bell, both women were breathing hard, having jammed eight
rounds of action into four all too brief heats of punching ... Drexel was coming
forward the entire time, but Jaime did have some success in using that momentum
against her. Both women landed clean power shots, although Clampitt's offense
was more varied. Jaime's defence was better; Drexel could have been fresher at
the end. The judges saw it unanimously in favour of Clampitt via scores of
40-36, 39-37 and 40-37, of which 39-37 seemed the most just. Drexel ... is to be
commended for coming hundreds of miles to a foreign country and giving a very
strong crowd favourite all she could handle." (Read Kevin's full fight
Bell dropped to 4-10-1 with the loss.
On June 2, 2001 at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet in Cranston, Rhode Island,
Jaime easily moved her record to 5-1 (2 KO's)
with a TKO of Anita Parker of Philadelphia at 1:48 in the first round
of a lightweight bout. Parker had gone to the canvas
three times in the round ... the first time just 10 seconds into the bout after taking a right
to the head. This was Clampitt's first bout promoted by Jimmy
Burchfield, who was impressed by her showing in her majority decision loss to
Liz Mueller. In this bout, Clampitt had little opportunity to show off
her skills against an overmatched opponent.
On August 10, 2001 at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut,
Jaime weighed in at 133 lbs and won a four-round unanimous
decision over Erica Sugar (132½ lbs) of Palmer Park, Maryland. Clampitt
rocked Sugar with a big right in the second round and kept her
retreating from then until the final bell. Sugar fell to 2-1-1 (1 KO).
On December 7, 2001 at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut,
Liz Mueller (131½ lbs)
won the vacant IWBF Lightweight title with a clear unanimous decision over
Clampitt. This rematch between the two former national amateur champions wasn't as close as
their earlier bout. Mueller outfought Clampitt on the inside
in a messy fight in which both took each other to the canvas a couple of times in
action better suited to the WWF. The scorecards were 97-93,98-92,98-92 for
Mueller who improved her record to 8-2 (2 KOs).
On April 12, 2002 in Miami, Oklahoma,
2000 fans on hand for a show whose male uppercard was live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights
saw Jaime win a four-round unanimous decision over
Kanicia Eley of Norfolk, Virginia, whose pro record fell to
2-2-0 (1 KO) with the loss. Eley was the 2001 National 139-lb USA Boxing silver
Clampitt moved to Narragansett, Rhode Island to further her boxing career
and train at "Tiny" Ricci's Rhode Island Boxing gym in Warwick, Rhode Island
under the direction of Tiny Ricci and Chuck Sullivan. "Most of the serious Canadian boxers
move to the states", said Clampitt, adding "in Calgary, I couldn't even get anyone
to spar with, never mind fight."
On June 28, 2002 at Park Plaza Castle in Boston, Massachusetts,
Jaime (142 lbs) took a hard fought six round unanimous (60-54,60-54,59-55) decision over Connie Bechtel (142 lbs) of
Reading, Pennsylvania. The boxing skills that Clampitt honed in national and international competition as an amateur were
the difference ... but Bechtel gamely made a fight of it despite the lop-sided score. Both fighters were stunned
by a clash of heads early in the fight but went on to make it the "Fight of the Night". Bechtel fell to 2-8-3 (2 KO).
(I'm told that this fight was fought with three
minute rounds, owing to a timekeeper's error).
"Connie is a tough girl," said
Clampitt. "She took a lot of hard punches and kept coming forward. This was a
good hard fight for me. I had a lot of fun and was able to work on a lot of
things in there."
a good job," said her co-trainer Chuck Sullivan. "There are still some things we
need to work on and some things we need to polish, but she did a lot of the
things we have been working on in the gym. She listens well. I thought she
fought a near perfect fight though and really controlled the whole fight from
bell to bell."
On October 25, 2002 at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut, Jaime (142 lbs) eked out a 58-56,58-56,57-57 six-round
majority decision over Summer DeLeon (143 lbs) of St. George,
Utah. The first five rounds were a boxing clinic with the fighters trading trading jabs and Clampitt's skills giving her
a slight edge. They opened it up in the sixth and slugged it out with each other with DeLeon appearing to get the better
of it and landing well. Clampitt was often beaten to the punch but came back with good counters to
preserve a narrow edge on the scorecards. DeLeon, who had been training in Las
Vegas with Livingston Bramble, fell to 7-6-2 (1 KO) with the loss.
On January 11, 2003 at Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, Jaime (144½ lbs) won a six-
round majority (59-56,59-55,57-57) decision over unranked Cynthia Jones (146 lbs) from Miami, Florida, who fell to 1-3-0.
Clampitt began well, using her straight right to back Jones up and work combinations to Jones against the ropes, but Jones
came on strong and showed her punching power at close quarters in the second. The third round saw hard toe to to action
with Clampitt capping an early flurry with a hard right but Jones catching Clampitt against the ropes with a good right of
her own later in the session. Jones put some good combinations together in the fourth but Clampitt boxed and moved well in
the last two rounds secure the decision. "Tough fights like this will just make me a better fighter," said Clampitt after
the fight. "I didn’t expect this. She was a lot bigger and I felt her strength right away. I didn’t really see her during
the weigh in but when she got out there you could notice the size difference. I didn’t really feel that I could do anything
and then the strength on top of that kind of took my fight plan away." (Read the
full fight report)
On March 7, 2003 at Christopher Columbus Center in Boston, Massachusetts, Jaime (138 lbs) knocked out unranked
Ragan Pudwill (135 lbs) of Mandan, North Dakota at 1:19 in the fourth round. Clampitt pushed Pudwill to the canvas early in
the fourth round, but when Pudwill got up and the action continued, Clampitt folded her up with a right to the solar plexus.
As Pudwill stood doubled over and wobbling, Clampitt felled her with a left to the body, and Pudwill was counted out. The
bout, which had been scheduled for eight rounds, was for a vacant Women's Eastern Boxing Association Junior Welterweight
title. Pudwill fell to 3-9-0 (0 KO).
On July 18, 2003 at Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Jaime returned from a break during which she
married her publicist to weigh in at 141½ lbs and win a third-round TKO over unranked
Crystal Bolles (5'7", 142 lbs) of Springfield, Missouri in a scheduled six-rounder.
Bolles fell to 2-7-0 (0 KO).
On October 31, 2003 at Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island,
Jaime weighed in at 138 lbs and won a ten-round unanimous (99-92,96-95,99-94) decision over Eliza Olson (139 lbs) of Fresno, California for
the vacant IWBF junior welterweight title. Clampitt improved her pro record to 13-2-0 (4 KO) while Olson slipped to 6-2-1 (2
KO). Olson was a late substitute for Michelle Linden, who broke a toe a few days before the bout. Attendance was 2,194.
On March 27, 2004 at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, Jaime (137 lbs) TKO'd Lelana Ellis (136 lbs) of Houston, Texas at the end of the fourth round of a scheduled ten-
round bout for the vacant North American Boxing Association Junior Welterweight title. Clampitt
punished Ellis early and often as the Texan had no answers for her relentless barrage of left and right hooks. Referee Frank Cappuccino had told
Ellis ``Don't look at me, honey!'' when Ellis appeared to look at him to see if he would stop the action in the
third. He then visited the Texan's corner between rounds to warn her that he would
stop the fight if she didn't defend
herself better. The action continued with Clampitt battering Ellis's body in the fourth round as one of Ellis's cornermen
waved a towel trying to get Cappuccino's attention. Clampitt improved to 14-2-0 (5 KO) while Ellis fell to 9-2-0 (3 KO) with
her second straight loss.
On June 12, 2004 at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut,
Jaime (139 lbs) lost the NABA and IWBF Junior Welterweight titles to
Jane Couch (140 lbs) by a close but unanimous
(96-94,96-94, 96-95) decision after a 10-round slugfest that had the crowd on
its feet at times. Neither boxer backed off throughout the fight, which Clampitt
battled with a mouse under her left eye from the middle rounds on and with a
bloody nose in the final round. Couch had a height and reach advantage and also
outworked Clampitt by doubling up her punches to the head and body. Clampitt
countered with left and right hook combinations. She backed Couch against the
ropes several times and worked her body, but she could not deter Couch from
coming forward to press her attack. Neither fighter was ever in serious trouble.
Jane Couch improved her record to 24-6-0 (8 KOs), while Clampitt fell to 14-3 (5
Clampitt had dedicated this fight to her trainer Tiny Ricci,
who passed away only two days earlier and she was too upset to give comments.
Jane Couch said "She is a great fighter and it was a great fight for women’s
boxing ... a good fight with two well matched fighters. (Clampitt) is a strong
girl. I'll definitely give her a rematch.''
described later by
WBAN correspondent Bernie McCoy, "Jamie Clampitt
fought very well on June 12 against another very good and experienced fighter.
It was a close fight and it didn't go Clampitt's way and the decision for Couch
was the correct one. After the fight Couch gave credit to Clampitt as "a great
fighter". Clampitt declined to comment to the press and with that silence Jamie
Clampitt spoke volumes. She certainly had the opportunity to elicit, at the
least, great credit for a fight well fought and probably some unspoken,
heartfelt sympathy for fighting with the burden of a death of a close friend
heavy on her mind. Instead, Jamie Clampitt implicitly declined comment, which
was the highest possible tribute she could pay to her late trainer, herself and
her sport. The sound of silence was never louder."
On October 1, 2004 at Bayside Expo Center in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Jaime
(142 lbs) won a unanimous (60-55, 59-55,59-55) six-round decision in a rematch
with Brenda Bell Drexel (151 lbs) of San Marcos, Texas.
Bell Drexel, who originally weighed in at 156 lbs, backed Clampitt up with body
shots i the second round but Clampitt became more aggressive in the fourth and
caught Bell Drexel with two hard overhand rights. (See the full WBAN fight
Clampitt moved to 14-3 (3 KO) while Bell Drexel fell to 5-24-2 (0 KO) with the
defeat. Bell Drexel continued to come forward in the fifth and sixth but
Clampitt's defense was equal to the task as she traded with the heavier Texan.
"Everything I worked on in the gym I was able to take into the fight," said
Clampitt. "I felt pretty good, I was trying to be patient. A lot of times I
found myself rushing in and trying to do
too much too soon. I was hoping to wear her down in the first three rounds by
working to the body. She had a lot of weight
on me but I didn't feel that much snap on her punches."
"She did what she had to do in adapting to a much bigger opponent," said
Clampitt's trainer Chuck Sullivan after the bout.
"What she had to do was box and she did that beautifully."
Clampitt recalled her late trainer Tiny Ricci in a post-fight interview.
"He was on my mind the whole time, I have to adjust to life without him but I
could definitely feel his presence in my corner throughout the fight. I felt
that he was with me here tonight."
On December 10, 2004 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut,
Jaime (140 lbs) fought to a ten-round 96-94,94-96,95-95 draw with
Eliza Olson (140 lbs) of San Francisco, California in a
rematch bout for the again-vacant IWBF Light Welterweight title. After two lackluster
opening rounds, the fighters worked in close, where Olson had success with her straight right hands. Clampitt countered by going to the body but
broke her right hand as the pace quickened early in the third round. The middle
rounds saw the best action as Clampitt scored coming out of a clinch in the
fourth while Olson was effective with her uppercuts in the fifth and sixth. Both
fighters finished the bout with an exciting flurry. Clampitt appeared relieved
by the verdict, while Olson was near tears when it was announced.
"It was a tough fight, we have different styles and that made for an awkward
fight," said Clampitt. "She fought totally different tonight than
she did the last time. Last fight she was running all over the place. This time
she kept coming in. I thought that she was coming in with her head a lot. You
know they were calling me for holding but she was doing the same thing so with
our styles there was nothing that we could do about it. I guess our styles
didn't make a very clean fight." Clampitt's right hand was
bruised and swollen after the fight, and although she had continued to land with
it she told the Narragansett Times: "I knew the hand was hurt as soon as I
threw the punch. It was a sharp pain and I could feel it swell in my gloves. It
was killing me through the fight, but I was not about to quit, so I sucked it up
... she was open for some nice right uppercuts, which we had been working on ...
I just could not close the fist so the power was not there."
"Jaime's hand was pretty messed up and she should be commended for even
continuing the fight, never mind pulling off the win," said her trainer
Chuckie Sullivan. "She went to the hospital and it was slightly worse than we
had thought as we had figured it was just a break in one of the bones, but it
turns out she had two slight fractures and a torn metacarpal ligament."
Olson had taken the rematch at short notice after Clampitt's originally scheduled
opponent, Jane Couch, dropped out. Couch had fought on
a card that she promoted herself the
previous week, and then fell victim to a case of impetigo. Couch's withdrawal
moved the IWBF to strip her of the title which she won by defeating Clampitt in
On June 17, 2005 at Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, Jaime (142
lbs) won by a TKO at 1:44 of the third round over an overmatched Leora Jackson
(142 lbs) of Springdale, Arizona. Clampitt unleashed a flurry of punches that
sent Jackson falling back onto the ropes and staggering, eventually landing near
her corner. “The left hook was landing then she started moving the other way,
then the right hand was working, so I was just trying to mix it up and I knew I
had her hurt, and I just wanted to take her out.” Jackson fell to
2-5-0 (0 KOs) with this loss.
August 26, 2005 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode
Island, Jaime (134 lbs) won the IWBF Lightweight title with a fourth round TKO
over Shelby Walker (134½
lbs) of Indianapolis, Indiana. The scheduled ten-rounder was stopped when
Walker was badly cut.
Walker, who had previously fought as a featherweight) fell to 7-5-1 (6
Jaime battles Missy Fiorentino in May 2006
© Copyrighted photo taken by Jerry Coli
On May 18, 2006 at the Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island, Jaime
(134¾ lbs) took on her local rival Missy "The Fury"
Fiorentino (131 lbs) of Cranston, Rhode Island who was the reigning IWBF
Featherweight champion, in a highly-anticipated showdown. The bout lived up to
advance expectations as 10 rounds of non-stop excitement, culminating in a
decision for the hard-charging Fiorentino. According to WBAN ringside
correspondent Ken Castro, "Fiorentino, as is her style, stayed in close
proximity to Clampitt throughout the opening rounds. Clampitt, who was coming
off a long layoff due to a broke hand, moved well in the early going. Clampitt
stuck early, forcing a straight right past Fiorentino’s defenses in the second.
In the third round, Fiorentino working in close again, landed a hard overhand
right that stung Clampitt. Clampitt and Fiorentino were visibly reluctant to
ease up in the level of intensity during the middle rounds, as evidenced by the
first clutch of the night, midway through the sixth round. In the seventh,
Fiorentino fired a trio of lefts at her opponent, the later moving Clampitt back
a step." Other reports said that Clampitt staged a rally at the end of
the fight but it was too late to to undo Fiorentino's edge on the scorecards.
Missy took home the IWBF Lightweight belt as she moved her record to
14-1-0 (6 KOs) while dropping Jaime to
17-4-1 (6 KOs). (For more fight photos by
Jerry Coli, see
Photo Gallery #361
on the WBAN Member Site).
“I kind of forced her to fight my
fight. I knew she’s a good boxer and she likes to move around. I knew I had to
cut her off, keep her on the inside,“ said Fiorentino. "A few times I saw
her hands drop and I thought that she was open for the straight right and
(trainer) Peter (Manfredo Sr.) kept telling me to follow up with the hook.”
Manfredo said his boxer’s winning edge was honed in a California training camp
last month. “She sparred with six different women. Some at 150, some at 160,
some with boxing style, some with great jabs-so we were ready for anything that
she threw at us tonight. She excelled at everything tonight, executed the plan
perfectly,” he said.
According to George Kimball of the SweetScience.com, "A
disconsolate Clampitt remained in her dressing room afterward, but when trainer
Chuck Sullivan met with the press afterward he was asked what
Fiorentino-Clampitt bout had done for women’s boxing. 'You saw the fight,' he
replied. 'There were what, ten fights on tonight’s show? What was the best
WBAN named the
Fiorentino-Clampitt fight as its Fight of the Year 2006.
On February 9, 2007 at the Rhode Island Convention
Center in Providence, Rhode Island, Jaime Clampitt (135 lbs) won a ten round
unanimous (100-90,100-90,99-91) decision over Mia St. John
(135 lbs) for the IWBF Lightweight title. According to a report by WBAN
correspondent Ken Castro, "With new trainer Kurt Reader in tow, Clampitt, 30,
emerged from a stale, lackluster effort from both participants in the early
going by getting the best of an exchange of overhand rights in the third round.
In the following round, Clampitt scored again with a crisp combo and again in
the fifth round the Canadian native moved St. John back with a hard body shot.
In the same round, St. John emerged unscathed from her first of two slips on the
night, the latter coming in the waning seconds of the sixth go-around. In
the seventh, Clampitt was bloodied as a result of a small gash in the upper
portion of her forehead. Moments later, both fighters displayed crimson-stained
faces to go with their pink gloves, which eventually also bore the mark of
Clampitt’s cut. “I think she got a little dirty with her head,” said Clampitt of
the head contact that was the catalyst for the cut. “She came in with her head
and I felt the blood right away, but it really didn’t affect me. The blood got
into my eyes later in the seventh round but it didn’t bother me.
My corner cleaned it up right away and it wasn’t an issue at all.” St. John
stung her counterpart late in the eighth, when Clampitt was moving
counter-clockwise, away from a clutch, with a nasty left to the jaw. But the
damage that St. John leveled upon her opponent on the night was limited in
scope, compressed into a scant moment of time. As such Clampitt,
controlled the pace of the fight, right up until the final bell."
Clampitt improved to
18-4-1 (6 KOs) with the win while St. John fell to
43-8-2 (18 KOs).
On June 20, 2007 in Mashantuckett, Connecticut, Jamie (136 lbs)
defeated Jane Couch (139 lbs) of Bristol, U.K. by a ten-round unanimous decision in a rematch
of their earlier battle, for the IWBF Junior Welterweight title. According
report by Ron Samul of Northeast Boxing News,
"Clampitt came out with aggressive punching, constantly moving
and turning her body away from the straight punching Couch. In the
first few rounds, Clampitt had control and scored well. The middle
rounds were slower for Clampitt and she began to
sit a bit and feel the power of Couch’s busy, straightforward attack. By the
last few rounds, while Couch had a surge of power, Clampitt
managed to hold her off and finish strong."
“I felt good in the first four or five rounds,” Clampitt said.
“I actually felt like I hit a wall, I don’t know if I was a little
dehydrated. I just felt like
my legs couldn’t move. Jane’s a busy, busy fighter, and I just wanted
to make sure trying to move and use the jab. I found it a little
difficult for me five through seven, eight I started picking it up and
nine and ten I felt good.” When asked about using her shoulder in the
middle rounds to block and give some different looks, Clampitt said, “I
was just trying to mix it up. I didn’t want to fight this fight like I
fought the last one.” Clampitt improved to 19-4-1 (7 KOs) while
Couch fell to 28-10-0 (9 KOs).
On March 14, 2008
at the Twin Rivers Event Center in Rhode Island, Jamie (135
lbs) retained her IWBF lightweight title with a 97-93, 95-95, 97-93
majority decision over Belinda
lbs) of New York City.
to WBAN correspondent Ken Castro, "While
the opening rounds were somewhat lackluster in terms of fan appeal, Clampitt
scored with a crisp right in the third, backing Laracuente into the corner to
conclude the round. Laracuente got the best of a brief exchange in the sixth, a
round that might have been the most animated, save for the final two rounds of
the night. In the ninth, in contrast to the earlier rounds, the combatants
opened up considerably. In retrospect, the flashy Laracuente acknowledged that
her ability to throw more punches might have been better served if she had begun
sooner.” Clampitt improved to 19-4 (7 KO's) with the
win while Laracuente, a
native of Puerto Rico, fell to 23-22-3 (9
On November 20, 2009 at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln,
Rhode Island, Jaime Clampitt (140½ lbs) returned to the
ring after a 20-month layoff and won a six-round unanimous decision over Rachel
Clark (143½ lbs) of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Eric Benevides in the Pawtucket Times, "Jaime Clampitt flipped
the switch in the second round, and in the process, shut off a tough competitor
the rest of the way in her comeback fight ... Clampitt, who in March gave birth
to her daughter, Neyla, raised her record to 20-4-1 (7 KOs) with a dominant
performance that saw her blank Clark by 60-54 scores on all three of the judges’
cards and give the large pro-Clampitt crowd on hand plenty of reason to
celebrate. "I felt great,” said Clampitt. “I had a lot of fun. (Clark) was very
tough and she’s a very good boxer, but I felt relaxed and I was very confident.
It was a great way to come back and I’m very happy with the way I fought".
Clark ... who was fighting in her fourth fight in the last five months, had a
four-inch height advantage and a superior reach that was on display in the
opening round, but she was unable to put them to use at Clampitt’s expense.
“I was a little surprised at her speed, and she definitely had the height and
the reach advantage,” noted Clampitt. “When we were facing off each other in the
ring in the first round, I couldn’t believe the reach advantage that she had.
“But in the second round, we made a slight adjustment, I was bending over a
little bit to my right and just trying to step in more with my speed and get in
closer with the body and it was definitely working for me.” Clampitt began to
steal the show in that second round, and in the following round, she put on a
superb hitting display that forced Clark to cover up for most of the round as
her nose and mouth began to puff up in a hurry. Clampitt also had a strong
round in the fifth and clearly hurt Clark with an early uppercut and some body
shots near the end of the round. “Toward the end of the fight, I was
feeling more confident and I was trying things that we tried in camp that we
weren’t sure was going to work,” she admitted. “In the sixth (round), I tried a
little counterpunching with her, and halfway through the round, I went back to
the body on her.” Clampitt advanced her pro record to 20-4-1 (7 KO's)
with this win while Clark fell to 4-3-1 (3 KO's).
“I just felt so good after having my baby,” Clampitt
explained when asked why she’s returning to the ring. “I missed the
sport. So many people were saying I couldn’t or shouldn’t box again, but I’ve
always liked challenges. Things are different today. So many women athletes have
children.” Clampitt, who has run a boxing program for two years at
Battle Ground Gym in East Greenwich, RI,
says she won’t encourage her daughter to become a boxer. “It’s a tough
sport ... I don’t want her to fight. We’ll have plenty of things to do together,
but, whatever she chooses, I will support her.”
On March 19 2010 at the Twin River Events Center in
Lincoln, Rhode Island, USA, Jaime Clampitt (139½ lbs) won a six-round majority
(59-55,59-55,57-57) decision over Jill Emery (141 lbs)
of New York City. Scott Ploof
reports that "Emery came out firing in the first round
using her reach advantage. Clampitt kept digging from down low to try and work
on the inside of Emery. Clampitt got at Emery in round two as she worked around
the long jab and reach of Emery, who kept her glove extended throughout the
fight in a way to keep a safe distance from Clampitt. Clampitt continued to
move around the ring well which allowed her to land punches and fight on the
inside. Emery again kept a safe distance from Clampitt in round three. When
Clampitt is able to get in on the inside, she is tied up by Emery. Clampitt
lands a right to the body, while Emery missed a right hook. Emery seemed to
cause Clampitt some trouble but really did not do much to capitalize on this
advantage. Clampitt was more active during the six round bout, however Emery
used her reach well as she never fought in close with Clampitt and kept her arm
extended throughout while trying to find a way to attack. In the end it was
Clampitt that got the narrow decision in a close fight." Clampitt
improved to 22-4-1 (7 KOs) as Emery slipped to 9-3-0 (3 KOs).
Jaime comes by her athletic ability through her family ... her father Clifford played pro hockey in the
Chicago Black Hawks organization and her mother Beverly was a professional figure skater and figure skating coach. As a
personal trainer in Canada, Jaime trained professional athletes, lawyers, and even "professional adventure seeker" Jamie
Clark, the author of "From Everest to Arabia," who was preparing for a mountain expedition in Russia.
Jaime has also taken up sport surfing, guided by her father-in-law surfing hall-of-famer Peter Pan and
sister-in-law Tricia Pan, who are both championship surfers and she hopes to competing as a two-sport athlete.
More Jaime Clampitt Links
To check out fight reports, complete up-to-date boxing records, with huge digital photos you can go to
the WBAN Records Member Site
Page last updated:
Sunday December 16, 2012