Saturday, August 06, 2005

Clay-Bey and Bryant grind to a draw

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – Former Olympian Lawrence Clay-Bey, 21-3-1 (16 KOs), Bloomfield, Conn., 258, managed to eke out a hard-fought ten round draw with scrappy southpaw Derek Bryant, 18-4-1 (15 KOs), Philadelphia, 212, at Foxwoods as the headliner of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. Clay-Bey, clearly overweight and unable to fight with consistency, was nevertheless able to fight in spurts that allowed him to steal rounds from the more active, though light-punching, Bryant.


Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

I had the fight scored 6-4 for Clay-Bey,but can't argue to vehemently with a draw.Clay-Bey was CLEARLY overweight (This guy should be in the 220's or 230's) I told John Scully this and he responded that he was an excellent shape and that a fighter's weight was not always indicative of their condition.This is true,but I just didn't completely buy it.I sensed that John was perhaps just a bit tired and frustrated with hearing about CB's weight (e.g."All I ever hear about him is weight,weight,weight")John strikes me as an honest,bright,and quality trainer that probably knew better,but that was just my take on it.I'm under no delusions whatsoever that CB can become world champion (esp. at 39) but he does have some talent and could still make a bit of noise.Kinda frustrating that he's not giving HIMSELF the best chance and opportunity to win by coming in extremely heavy.

(The Cruiserweight)

6:34 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

P.S.-I thought that Scully did a pretty impressive job of motivating CB down the stretch.(aka "whipping" his guy to the finish line!) And salvaging a draw.He did about all he could.

6:45 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Oh,by the way.Derrick Bryant should go down to cruiser.(It's 200 now???!!!)10 pounds and he's there! (lol)

7:03 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Perhaps Scully believes that Clay-Bey was in great shape -- but he wasn't. He has always had talent. And my goodness he's got such a great personality. He just didn't possess the championship mettle. Almost no one does. He probably could capture a big payday, and potentially a big win, if he committed to great conditioning, even at age 39.

10:03 PM  
Anonymous The Cruiserweight said...

Totally agreed JE.Clay-Bey is just a very likeable guy that you want to root for.Like you say,he's not world champ timbre,but very few are.He could still make a fairly good chunk of dough if he rededicates himself,even at his advanced age.I wish he would kind of do what Witherspoon did in his 'last hurrah' of sorts.He's gotta a chance to if nothing else make a little noise and a six-figure payday.

11:57 AM  

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