Sam Clarkson Jr. vs. Israel
Duffus For Ring Of Hope’s "Night To Fight" On March 7 In
Fort Worth born-and-bred boxer Sam Clarkson Jr. was highly
motivated by the wrong forces growing up. He was heading
down dangerous Dallas roads, ones that could potentially not
only derail his life, but spoil his boxing talents as well.
Before the Cedar Hill native found the sweet science at the
age of 17, he was already going in and out of jail.
Reflecting on his regressions today, Clarkson Jr. is not
proud of his decisions, but he doesn’t regret them either
because it made him the stronger.
Non-profit organization Ring Of Hope was created in 2010 to
help kids like Clarkson Jr. in the greater Dallas area
escape trouble. Over the last decade, Ring Of Hope has
transformed communities and changed the lives of the youth
by educating, empowering and engaging students through the
fundamentals of boxing.
Clarkson Jr. is proof of the promise that Ring Of Hope
presents. He embodies the organization’s mission , and now,
Clarkson Jr. (22-5, 15 KOs) will headline Ring Of Hope’s
ninth annual “Night To Fight” on Saturday, March 7 when he
takes on the Freddie Roach-trained Israel Duffus (19-6, 16
KOs) at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving, Texas.
“It’s truly a huge blessing to headline Ring of Hope’s
event,” said Clarkson Jr. “It’s great to see how Ring of
Hope opens its doors to everyone and people of all different
backgrounds. I want to become a part of a movement to show
kids who may have troubled backgrounds that boxing accepts
you no matter who you are.”
The light heavyweight Clarkson is a nine-year veteran who’s
defeated the likes of Cedric Agnew and also challenged
Dmitry Bivol and Jesse Hart in the past.
Before the 29-year-old southpaw appeared multiple times
under the bright lights of Showtime television, he racked up
an amateur record of 89-9 and won the National Pals in 2009
and the Ringside silver medal in 2010. Clarkson is also a
two-time Texas Golden Gloves champion.
“I was a firecracker always up for a fight,” said Clarkson
Jr. “I turned a negative into a positive. When I got
introduced to boxing, it was mine, and I have stayed out of
trouble for the last 13 years. Boxing has changed my life.
For kids who are like me when I was growing up, if you have
the right passion, there are no limitations to who you can
Clarkson Jr. has frequented Ring of Hope gyms ever since its
inception, whether it be for sparring, reconnecting with
coaches and old friends or simply speaking and guiding
“A lot of the kids at Ring of Hope look up to me because I
am a professional boxer. It feels great to motivate them,”
said Clarkson Jr. “Ring of Hope is a great platform to help
kids escape the streets. I take my hat off to them.
“I’ve returned to my comfort zone with spirituality. I’ve
been reading the Bible a lot more and believe that God will
set-up everything for me as a family man and a provider.
I’ve fallen short a lot in the past, but ever since I’ve
refocused my career, everything is falling back into place.
I’m excited, and I can’t wait to put on a great show.
Everyone will be pleased to see my skills. I’ll be coming to
make a statement. I’m coming with a chip on my shoulder and
I’m looking to dominate.”
Clarkson Jr. will attempt to conquer the Panamanian pugilist
Duffus, a 27-year-old who’s been training with the Hall of
Fame coach Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles ever
since he permanently moved to the United States in 2014.
“The last few years have been rough for me. I split with my
wife, and we have two very young children. The last thing on
my mind in the middle of the storm was boxing,” said Duffus.
“My personal issues were affecting me, but I’m doing better
now, and I’m focused on putting my career back on track.”
Duffus was riding an eight-fight winning from 2017 and 2018
before his problems outside of the ring took over. He lost
his next two fights by unanimous decision. Finally in a
better place, he’s looking to bounce back versus Clarkson
“Freddie has a lot of confidence in me and my talent,” said
Duffus, who also has an amateur record of 98-10. “He tells
me exactly what I need to do to take advantage of my
opponent, and that’s what I plan on doing March 7.”
Also to be featured in separate bouts are welterweights
Jessy Martinez (14-0, 9 KOs) and Brandyn Lynch (10-1, 8
KOs), cruiserweight Robin Safar (10-0, 7 KOs) and
heavyweight Patrick Mailata (4-0, 2 KOs), Austin-based super
lightweight Robert Kevin Garcia (6-0, 5 KOs) and the Corpus
Christi-based lightweight John Rincon (4-0, 2 KOs).
Night To Fight will be available live on Integrated Sports
Pay Per View on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view
via iN Demand, Vubiquity, DIRECTV and DISH in the United
States, Shaw PPV in Canada and worldwide via the FITE.TV app
Hall of Fame Showtime TV broadcaster Al Bernstein, former
two-division world champion Paulie Malignaggi and LA Times
and Boxing Scene journalist and writer Manouk Akopyan will
call the action from ringside.