Samuel Clarkson: Elbiali Ducked Me Twice, I am Ready To Fight

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By Ryan Burton

Veteran light heavyweight Samuel Clarkson (21-5) has been the ring against several up and coming fighters in the light heavyweight and super middleweight divisions over the course of his career.

He last was in the ring in December when he was stopped by Ryad Merhy in Charleroi in 4 rounds.  Since that fight, Clarkson has sued his promoter Greg Cohen Promotions for allegedly not being paid since 2017. recently caught up with Clarkson who stated that he has been advised by his legal team not to discuss details of the case.

“We had some controversy with that but my lawyer asked me not to discuss any of that because we are trying to get that all in order,” Clarkson told us.

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Even with the dispute Clarkson said that he has been available to fight and said that he had spring fights against light heavyweight prospect Ahmed Elbiali fall through twice.

“We have had a couple offers come up and we immediately said yes. We were supposed to fight Elbiali twice but he backed out both times.  We don’t know why . Even though I am coming off of a loss and these guys think I am a B side fighter they still won’t fight me,” Clarkson stated. “We were supposed to fight on the Jarrett Hurd undercard and that didn’t happened and then on the Wilder-Breazeale undercard and that didn’t happen either.”

Clarkson holds victories over 6 fighters who were either undefeated or had 1 professional loss at the time he fought them.  In his losses he has faced fighters such as WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol and two-time super middleweight title challenger Jesse Hart.

He believes that he is viewed as too much of a risk for many of the contenders in both the 168 and 175 pound division.

“They know I am a dangerous fighter. I am a southpaw and I can fight. I can punch and they know what I can do. I have beat some good fighters and I lost to good fighters. I beat some on short notice and lost to some on short notice.  I am on weight right now. Just 15 pounds away and ready to fight,” Clarkson told

The Texas native is still just 28-years-old and finished up our interview by stating that he believes the best is still to come for him.

“I am about to step up and you haven’t seen the best of me. I haven’t hit my prime just yet.  I want everyone to know that I am coming,” Clarkson explained.

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