Custio Clayton’s life would’ve completely changed October 24 had more than one judge given him credit for beating Sergey Lipinets.
Unfortunately for the Canadian contender, his 12-round welterweight title fight with Lipinets resulted in a majority draw. Had Clayton left Mohegan Sun Arena five months ago with the IBF interim 147-pound championship, he would’ve moved into position to challenge Errol Spence Jr., the IBF’s welterweight champ.
Instead, the unbeaten Clayton’s handlers have had difficulty finding a legitimate welterweight contender who is willing to fight him. Lipinets, meanwhile, will face Philadelphia’s Jaron Ennis in another “Showtime Championship Boxing” main event Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut (9 p.m. ET; 6 p.m. PT).
Had Lipinets lost their fight, the former IBF junior welterweight champ wouldn’t have been as appealing to Ennis (26-0, 24 KOs, 1 NC).
“I looked at the fight a couple times, and I felt the exact, same way,” Clayton told BoxingScene.com. “I studied it and I really believe I won that fight. There’s no way I can go against the judges, but anyone looking at that fight knows that I should’ve been the one that pulled off that win. But at the end of the day, like I said, it’s the judges’ decision. There’s nothing I could’ve did. But most definitely, I felt I won that fight, hands down.”
Judge Don Trella credited Clayton for a 115-113 victory over Lipinets. Judges Glenn Feldman and Tom Schreck both scored their competitive contest a draw, 114-114 apiece.
CompuBox counted 72 more connections overall for Clayton in their fight (247-of-687 to 175-of-610). Clayton landed five more power punches according to CompuBox (112-of-225 to 107-of-256) and almost twice as many jabs (135-of-462 to 68-of-354).
The 33-year-old Clayton (18-0-1, 12 KOs) hoped for an immediate rematch, but the Ottawa resident realized not long after the decision was announced that it probably wouldn’t happen.
“It was never presented to me,” Clayton said. “We asked for it a couple times. The answer we got was always a no. Just the way [Lipinets’ team] reacted, you could tell they wasn’t looking for a rematch. You could see from their body language and their tone that a rematch with me wasn’t something that was really on their minds. They’d rather take another route, and that’s what they did.”
Clayton appreciates the exposure he received by boxing the established Lipinets (16-1-1, 12 KOs) on Showtime. The 2012 Olympian thinks, though, that in some ways boxing as well as he did hurt his cause beyond the night of October 24.
“Getting the draw wasn’t what we wanted, but at the same time, I think it helped a lot,” Clayton said. “Then again, I think it kind of hurt me a bit as well. I think more people noticed me and saw how good I was, and I think, for sure, it put me in a position to really not get the fights we want now. I think people really noticed that. I think it really showed them that I’m a dangerous fighter. It’s a low-reward type of fight. Most people know that fighting me, not having the name some people have, it’s a dangerous fight.”
Clayton declined to pick a winner when asked about the Ennis-Lipinets bout, but he is very interested in the outcome.
“With them two fighting each other, everybody already saw I beat Lipinets,” Clayton said. “I do feel that the winner has to see me, regardless. I feel the winner between Jaron and Lipinets is a great fight for me.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.