St. Petersburg, FL -Respected boxing manager and former Manager of the Year, Pat Lynch is pleased to announce the signing of Welterweight prospect Clarence Booth to an exclusive managerial contract.
Lynch, who was the former manager of Hall of Famer Arturo Gatti and currently manages Jr. Middleweight rising star Glen Tapia as well as undefeated Jr. Welterweight prospect Julian Rodriguez.
“I am extremely happy to have signed Clarence. I have been very impressed from what I have seen of him and I look forward to working with him as I see he has a very bright future,” said Lynch
Booth of St. Petersburg, Florida has a record 8-1 with five knockouts and his best days are clearly ahead of him.
“I am grateful to be with Pat. For him to reach out to me is huge. I wasn’t able to get the fights consistently but now with Pat I know that will be happening. I am a gym rat and I am confident that things will move along and I can show the world my talent,”said Booth.
Booth stumbled upon boxing by accident but deep down he knew that this could be his calling.
“I was just trying to find myself and I knew I was gifted at street fighting. I got in some trouble and wound up in a detention center where one of the people who worked there was female boxing champion Laura Ramsey.”
“I went to her gym and the rest is history.”
There he met trainer Nick Sityar and the two forged a bond as they have had many hurdles to get to this point.
“He came from some trouble as a youth and he trained in Laura’s gym. He was my only pupil and then when the gym closed down, we had to train in high school gyms, in parking lots and on tennis courts,”said Sityar.
“But he has great natural talent. He is a puncher-boxer with power in both hands. He only started boxing at age 19 and he is very athletic.”
Booth had a brief 28 fight amateur career.
He turned pro in 2011 with a four round unanimous decision over Tommy Bryant. His only blemish was a controversial defeat to current undefeated Welterweight Cletis Seldin that was a fight marred in controversy. It was a rough fight where Seldin was even docked a point for illegal tactics.
Since that fight, Booth has won six straight with four of those wins coming via stoppage. In his last bout, Booth garnered his most impressive win by scoring a six round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Jonathan Perez (5-0) on June 6.
Booth has facilitated his training by becoming a regular sparring partner to undefeated WBA Welterweight champion Keith Thurman.
“When we go down to the Winky Wright Gym it is all love when I spar with Keith. It is tremendous sparring and I have to stay sharp with technical skills.”, continued Booth.
Said Sityar of the sparring, “When we work with Keith, it’s great work obviously and we get a lot of pointers from former trainer of the year Dan Birmingham. Clarence is very coachable.”
Booth, who is a proud husband and father of four will return to action on Saturday, November 1st in Caguas, Puerto Rico.