Name: Jaime Clampitt
Alias: The Hurricane
Birth Name: Jaime Dee Clampitt
Birthplace: Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, Canada
Hometown: Warwick, Rhode Island, USA
Height: 5′ 5½″ / 166cm
Reach: 66″ / 168cm
Boxing Record: click
The lovely Jaime Clampitt came upon the sport of boxing by chance. After an eight-year career in gymnastics, Clampitt wanted a change. She flipped through the phone book to find something to do and the first thing that come up was boxing. She has not left the gym since.
As an amateur in Calgary, Canada, Clampitt compiled an impressive record of 25-6 and captured two Canadian national amateur championships. She was also a member of the Canadian national team which traveled all through Europe taking on the world?s best fighters.Since turning professional, Clampitt has found similar success.
In Jaime's first U.S. bout, she dropped a very disputed decision to former U.S. national amateur champion Liz Mueller on ESPN2 national television. Many thought Jaime had done enough to win. Based on that impressive performance Clampitt was signed by Jimmy Burchfield?s Classic Entertainment & Sports, despite living over 3,000 miles away. Following the defeat, she reeled off three solid wins, although one win over Brenda Bell Drexel was changed to a no contest when Drexel failed to provide the proper medical documentation. Those wins set up her first shot at a world championship. She took on Mueller for the IWBF lightweight championship. Weight problems and inexperience hampered her in the fight and Clampitt was defeated by unanimous decision.
"The first six rounds I felt were very close, but than her experience took over. In between our first fight together she had the opportunity to go 10 rounds once. That made a big difference in the fight," said Clampitt.
Jaime returned to the ring a little over four months later when she took on former two-time U.S. national amateur champion Kanicia Eley. Clampitt turned in a fine performance, cruising to the decision win.
Following her bout with Eley, Clampitt moved her home base to the United States. She began training under the tutalege of veteran trainers Tiny Ricci and Chuck Sullivan and showed advanced improvement with every fight since. She reeled off wins over tough veteran Connie Betchel, world rated welterweight Summer DeLeon, and world rated junior middleweight Cynthia Jones.
She grabbed her first professional title in March of 2003 when she dispatched of world rated Ragan Pudwill in four rounds to win the WEBA United States super lightweight title.
Jaime's next bout came on June 7th when she tied the knot with the Director of Boxing Operations of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Ted Panagiotis.Not exactly a shock, the two honeymooned in the boxing capital of Las Vegas - where the two did attend a fight card.
Jaime returned to the ring just a little over a month after her wedding in Cape Cod, MA. The distractions never hampered her training however, as she looked tremendous in stopping Crystal Bolles in the third round. Bolles had been coming off a close disputed decision loss to world rated Francesca Alcanter, however she was no match for Jaime.
The win over Bolles set up Jaime's second chance at a world crown and it would come on Halloween. Despite all of the ghouls and goblins at ringside, Jaime scored the biggest win of her career when she defeated Eliza Olson, the granddaughter if Hall of Famer Carl "Bobo" Olson. Both fighters took the fight on last minute notice when Jaime's original opponent Michelle Linden pulled out claiming a foot injury. After ten hard rounds, Jaime came out with the unanimous decision victory and the IWBF world junior welterweight title.
In January, it was announced that, for the second year in a row, Jaime was voted as the "New England Female Fighter of the Year" by media & boxing insiders. The poll was conducted for the well respected Flash/Pro Boxing Update publication. A few months later, Jaime earned the same honor from New England Ringside Magazine, which featured an entire separate panel of voters.
Jaime lived up the title of "New England Female Fighter of the Year," in her next bout against world rated Lanie Ellis. Featured as the main support to the final fight of Vinny Paz's career, Jaime had the stage set for one of the most watched female fights of the year and she lived up to the task. She battered Lanie Ellis around the ring, prompting the Ellis corner to throw in the towel in the fourth round. The win marked Jaime's first defense of her IWBF crown and also earned her the NABA world title.
Clampitt's next fight was one that most wanted her to cancel, however showing the true heart of a champion, Jaime went through with a fight against four-time world champion Jane Couch - just two days after her trainer Tiny Ricci passed away. Clampitt put on a tremendous effort, one that the Providence Journal's Rob Lee called one of the greatest fights he had ever seen - male or female! In the end, the judges ruled for Couch on very close scores, however much of the press felt Jaime had done more than enough to get the nod. Despite the tough loss, Jaime returned to the gym just one week later. The bout was named Ring Magazine "Female Fight of the Year."
Clampitt than defeated the aforementioned Brenda Bell Drexel via a unanimous 6 round decision, finally getting the win she had previously earned officially on her record. That win set up the anticipated rematch with Jane Couch, but just one week before the bout Couch pulled out. Again, having to face adversity, Clampitt accepted the challenge of Eliza Olson, who stepped in as the replacement. In a hotly contested showdown, Clampitt was held to a disputed draw. Most felt that Jaime had done more than enough to get the win, despite severely injuring her hand in the third round. The injuries included the tearing of the ligament between her index and middle fingers, as well as multiple small fractures due to the fact that she could not make a solid fist throughout the remaining 7 rounds.
It took 12 weeks for her hand to finally heal, and Jaime showed it was pretty much back to full strength on June 17th when she scored a dominating 3rd round TKO over Leora Jackson, the #8 rated welterweight by BoxRec.com.
"You never know what is going to happen in life and in boxing," said Clampitt. "My career has been through some very tough times these past two years - some highs and some lows. I think that I have had to fight through more adversity than anyone when it comes to big fights. My first fight with Olson was very difficult as it was on less than 24 hours notice and I knew nothing about her. The Couch fight was tough with my trainer passing, I mean I only had two cornermen for a major world championship fight because one of the other cornermen just did not show. Than when I had trained so hard to fight Couch again she pulls out claiming she had a cold sore and I had to fight Olson again - who has a totally different style than Couch.Than to add insult to injury I hurt my hand bad in the 3rd round. But hey I cannot sit and think about the past - what I've been through has made me a better fighter and a better person. I am just looking forward to getting the world titles back!"
Besides boxing, Jaime is busy as a personal trainer. In addition, Jaime has recently taken up the sport of surfing under the tutelage of her father-in-law and surfing hall of famer Peter Pan and her sister-in-law Tricia Pan, both of whom are championship surfers. Jaime is hoping to be able to enter competitions soon and become a true two-sport athlete.