Claggett plans to learn from Armenta fight


, Last Updated: 4:50 PM ET

CALGARY Steve Claggett treats every bout as a learning experience.

Good thing, too, because his next opponent Mexicos Martin Armenta has enough experience to write a book on boxing.

Hes been in there with a lot of guys. Hes the most experienced guy Ive ever fought, Claggett said. Its always good to fight the guys with more knowledge, because then you learn. Everything they do, I learn from. Say he has some moves or things Ive never seen in the ring, Ill see them. All his experience, Ill gain knowledge from it.

If he had been in just five fights, hed be a totally different guy. Hes been in 150 fights, so he knows what hes doing. And thats good for me, right?

Truth be told, Claggett could teach most of his opponents a thing or two.

The 20-year-old Calgarian is currently ranked as the second-best lightweight fighter on Canadian soil. After climbing into the ring with Armenta during Saturdays pro-am card at the Bowness Sports Plex, hes slated to participate in a a four-man mini-tournament to determine wholl claim Canadas vacant lightweight title.

Hes the least experienced fighter in the mix for national bragging rights, but certainly isnt lacking the confidence to get his mitts on the belt.

If youre thinking that people are going to beat you, youre not going to win, Claggett said. I go in there and I know Im going to beat these guys. Ive been training my whole life for it. I know they have a little more experience, but Im working on it. The advantages they have on me, I think I can make up for with heart.

I cant wait to get there in with those guys because I know Im going to beat them. Its just a matter or time.

Its been quite a climb for Claggett, who traded his skates for a sparring partner about eight years ago and hasnt looked back since, cobbling together a 7-0-1 record with three knockouts.

A product of Teofista Boxing Gym in Calgary, Claggett isnt exactly a household name just yet, but hes optimistic thats about to change.

I always knew that I had a calling. I knew there was something I was going to do, but I didnt know it was boxing, Claggett said. My first amateur fight was really tough. I got hit a couple times really hard and it looked like I was losing the fight, but I dug down and pulled it out of me. After the fight, I remember I was so dehydrated I could barely stand up, but the feeling of winning, that feeling was the best.

Right then, I knew this is what I was going to do for a long, long time.