Never give up on your dreams. Or maybe it’s more correct to say never give up on all of your dreams. Because there was a time when Clay Collard probably dreamt of becoming a UFC champion, but now the27-year-old appears to be on his way to competing for a world title in boxing.
Collard scored his second straight shocking upset in a row by defeating previously unbeaten middleweight prospect David Kaminsky via split-decision on Thursday night. The bout was televised by ESPN as part of the latest Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card.
“I just love this s***, dude,” Collard said after the win. “I love to fight and love fighting real guys. Otherwise, what’s the point?”
Collard’s impressive victory over Kaminsky was part of a five-fight telecast headlined by unbeaten junior lightweight prospect Gabriel Flores Jr.’s win over Josec Ruiz.
You can watch highlights of Collard’s bout below courtesy of ESPN.
Ex-UFC Fighter Found His Calling in Boxing
Collard made his UFC debut against Max Holloway back in 2014. A scrappy fighter with good hands, Collard lost via third-round stoppage and ultimately went 1-3 with the company before being cut at the end of 2015.
Two years later, Collard emerged as a professional boxer. Nicknamed “Cassius” Collard, the sweet-fisted fighter with excellent footwork split time between boxing and the regional MMA circuit over the next few years until he finally decided to take one more fight against an undefeated boxing prospect back in February.
That’s right. Collard had planned on retiring after his previous bout against unbeaten middleweight prospect Raymond Guajardo earlier this year.
Instead, Collard stopped Guajardo by technical knockout in the second round.
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Watch Collard’s Other 2020 Upset Victory
You can watch highlights of Collard’s brilliant performance against Guajardo below courtesy of Fox.
That stunning victory gave the former UFC fighter another chance to score a payday against another top prospect, and the 27-year-old made good on that opportunity by nabbing the decision win on Friday night.
Now Collard appears to be on his way to having one of the best overall campaigns in 2020. While a fighter at his level wouldn’t normally be considered for any end of year Fighter of the Year awards, it’s at least possible Collard’s two epic upset wins, combined with the limited amount of action in the sport in 2020 overall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, might garner the American a few votes here and there.
Mayweather vs. Collard 🙌
— Kelsey McCarson (@kelsey_mccarson) June 19, 2020
And Prospect of the Year? It’s also not outside the realm of possibility. Heck, some boxing writers think he’s already on his way to nabbing that honor.
Clay Collard – 2020 Prospect of the (Half) Year. CROWN HIM!
— Jake Donovan (@JakeNDaBox) June 19, 2020
If anything, Collard has shown himself to be the best spoiler in boxing right now and potentially even a fighter on his way to bigger and better things someday soon.
More importantly, Collard keeps proving why people should never give up on their dreams, at least all of their dreams anyway.
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