Clarkson Links Up With Cohen

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Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of red-hot light heavyweight contender Samuel “Main Event” Clarkson to a co-promotional agreement, along with Ronson Frank’s Uprising Promotions LLC.
25-year-old Clarkson (17-3, 11 KOs), from Cedar Hill, Texas, had a sensational year in 2015, scoring five wins, including two impressive ShoBox: The New Generation-televised victories over then 15-1 Lavarn Harvell (TKO 2) and then 13-1 Jerry Odom (TKO 3).
Clarkson also beat former world title challenger Cedric Agnew (then 27-1) by decision on DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing.
Trained by his father, Samuel Sr., since starting in boxing at age 17, the southpaw Clarkson went 69-9 as an amateur, winning the 2009 National PAL Amateur Championship and a pair of Texas Golden Gloves State Championships.
“It’s a blessing,” said Clarkson of the signing. “We sat down and talked to Greg Cohen about the opportunities he could offer me and my family in the boxing business and I’m looking forward to a very bright future.”
Clarkson says his streak of impressive victories started when he began to focus on more than his punching power.
“In my amateur days, I had a lot of knockouts,” he explained. “I knocked out everybody, but then in the pros I started to focus more on my boxing skills. I learned you can’t just go in there and swing hard punches and knock everybody out. I dissect my opponents now before getting them out of there. I pick them apart and then, when I see somebody hurt, I go in for the kill. That’s the biggest change in me.”
Clarkson Sr., a former marine who fought for Detroit’s Kronk Gym as an amateur, says he’s equally excited about his son’s promotional deal.
“We’ve been waiting a long time to showcase Samuel’s skills to the world and Greg Cohen will give us the opportunity to do that.”
“Samuel Clarkson is the type of fighter who continues to improve every year,” said Greg Cohen. “He has really come together as a legitimate threat in the light heavyweight division and I’m happy to be working with him and his team. Ronson Frank and I have some big plans in store for Samuel. He’s a big puncher with a great comeback story and a he and his father are genuinely nice people. He provides the kinds of wins that TV networks love. I see tremendous potential in him.”
Clarkson says his streak of high-profile victories and now his promotional arrangement will allow him to continue doing the two things he’s passionate about, fighting and helping others.
“I have met a lot of young people that come from a similar background who are watching me now and looking up to me. If I can do anything to help them, I will. My success in boxing is allowing me to help influence them and help them understand that there is a lot more to life than what they currently see. It won’t be easy, but you have to work hard and go for it. That is a blessing to be able to do that.”

GH3 Promotions President Vito Melnicki Releases Statement Regarding Jerry Odom Defeat

Nutley, NJ (July 20, 2015) – This past Friday night at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Jerry Odom (13-2, 12 KO’s) was stopped in three rounds by Samuel Clarkson (15-3, 9 KO’s) in what was supposed to be a fight contested in the Super Middleweight division.

Odom of Washington, DC did his part to meet his contractual obligation and made the 168 pound contracted weight.  Unfortunately Clarkson checked in over 4 pounds higher at 172.8

At the morning- after weigh in, Clarkson was only supposed to be 10 pounds over the contracted weight and could not come in over 180 but once again was overweight at 184.6 pounds. Odom was 173 pounds.

When they stepped on the unoffical scale just a few hours before the fight, Odom was 175.8 while Clarkson 189.7.

Knowing that the fight was to be on national television as part of ShoBox: The New Generation,  GH3 Promotions President Vito Melnicki, while taking nothing away from the results wants the world to know that he made a bad business decision and shoulders the blame on himself for letting Odom go through with the contest.

“I should have cut the fight at the weigh in but I let my fighter make the final decision and Jerry wanted to fight.  I thought about it but wanted to give Jerry the opportunity to showcase that he is one of the best Super Middleweights out there,” Said Mielnicki.

“I still believe in Jerry as much if not more then I did before the fight.  He showed that he wont back down from anybody.  He was in there with a Cruiserweight and against my better judgement, I let the fight happen.  I signed options with Clarkson and I am looking to do the rematch on television at the proper weight of 168 pounds. If he knew that he would be coming in so over the weight limit, being professional he could have come to us and we could have worked it out so Jerry did not have sweat off the final pounds for the last two days before the weigh in. That was his way of giving himself a better chance to win the fight.  Look at some the pre fight pictures and interviews, Jerry was as dried out and drained as he could have got, yet Clarkson looked fresh as a daisy.  We will look to have a rematch on television in the next four months.”  

GH3 Promotions features undefeated Middleweight Antoine Douglas, Super Middleweight’s Jerry Odom & Derrick Webster, undefeated Super Bantamweight Adam Lopez as well as Boxcino 2015 Jr. Middleweight Champion John Thompson, Jr., undefeated Welterweight Jerrell Harris,undefeated Super Bantamweight Qa’id Muhammad, lightweight Oscar Bonilla, Heavyweight Natu Visinia, Light Heavyweight Lavarn Harvell and Jr. Lightweight O’Shanique Foster to the GH3 Promotions stable.