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Olympian Custio Clayton to fight for two pro titles

He is slated to fight for the World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) regional welterweight title belts.
Custio Clayton is getting his title shot. (Groupe Yvon Michel)

Custio Clayton has had to button his lip and bide his time, but it appears his patience may soon be rewarded.

The Dartmouth welterweight boxer, a 2012 Olympian now fighting as a pro out of Montreal, has signed to fight for two pro titles on June 3 at Bell Centre in Montreal.

Clayton, 29, is 11-0 since leaving the amateurs to turn pro in 2014. He last fought on April 15, knocking out Mexico's Alfredo Chavez for his ninth career knockout.

He is slated to meet Oscar Cortez (26-2), another opponent from Mexico, for World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) regional welterweight title belts.

Clayton hoped to fight for a title last year, but had a series of fights fall though.

"Yes, I waited a while for this," Clayton said in an e-mail Thursday evening. "But it couldn't be on a better show. I'm very happy for this fight."

The show is tacked with Adonis Stevenson, Jean Pascal and Eleider Alvarez among the top names.

At a news conference in Montreal on Thursday, Clayton said he in undecided if he will take legal action after he was detained by Montreal police just prior to his last fight on suspicion of drug possession. The case made national headlines as a possible example of racial profiling.

No drugs were found and Clayton was released with a ticket for having incorrect registration papers for the rental car he was driving. Clayton has indicated he wants an apology.


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