By Scoop Malinowski
Former MMA star, Shelby Walker is making her mark in boxing. Boxing insider had this story about the former MMA fighter.
All the hard work and dedication by Shelby Walker has paid off. The Miami boxer will challenge Jaime “Hurricane” Clampitt for the IWBF Lightweight title on August 26 at the RI Convention Center which will be promoted by CES and televised CN8.
Clampitt, 15-3-1 with 6 KO’s of Narragansett, RI respects Walker but is confident.
“Six of her wins are by knockout, so she can punch,” noted Clampitt. “She also does mixed martial arts, so she has a lot of ring experience. But I fought the best (boxers) throughout my whole career, and as long as I do my job, I’Il be all set.
“I feel pretty confident in my skills and I feel like I’m at the top of my game. It took me a while, but I feel really good and I’m ready to fight.”
Walker was reached by phone in Miami and sounds equally confident:
“I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in,” Walker said. “It’s only going to get better. I’m so excited. This is going to be my big chance. I’m seizing it.”
Boxinginsider: What do you know about Jaime Clampitt?
Walker: “I don’t know much about her but she’s had 19 fights. From what I’ve heard she’s a pretty good boxer. She’s quite a bit bigger than me. She’ll be coming down to 135 and I’ll be going up. I haven’t seen any of her fights though.”
Boxinginsider: They may be taking you as a pushover. Your comment?
Walker: “That’s good, I’m glad they are. They’re going to be pleasantly surprised.”
Boxinginsider: How do you feel about how you’re progressing under trainer Howard Davis Jr.?
Walker: “It’s amazing. I’m never…I knew I had the drive and determination to eventually become great. But I didn’t realize I would learn so much so fast. Without giving too much away, I plan on surprising everyone in Rhode Island.”
Boxinginsider: Can you share some of the new techniques and skills that you’ve recently added to your arsenal?
Walker: “I really don’t want to give anything away. I want everyone to see it. Howard told me not to go on record and talk about my training.”
Boxinginsider: In closing, is there anything you’d else you’d like to say?
Walker: “I read some of the comments she made about me not doing much modeling after the fight is over. I want to say I won’t stoop to her level because I’m above that. I think she should save all the trash talking for the ring. And I want to thank American Top Team for believing in me and keeping me on board and giving me this opportunity.”