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Pat Clinton

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Pat Clinton

On 18th March 1992, Pat Clinton joined the list of Scottish flyweight greats Benny Lynch, Jackie Paterson and Walter McGowan, when he defeated Mexican Isidro Perez in front of a raucous crowd of over 2,500 at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow to become world champion.

The two American judges and a third, from Denmark, awarded Clinton the WBO title on a split decision after 12 enthralling rounds. He was 27 years old and the victory realised a dream which began in childhood.

Pat was born and raised in Croy. His father Billy was a former Scottish professional champion and his uncle Jim was an amateur champion.

He was a member of Croy Miners Amateur Boxing Club and represented Great Britain as a flyweight at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Pat turned professional in 1985 and after winning his first 11 fights, he won his first title in September 1987, stopping Joe Kelly, to take the vacant British Boxing Board of Control Scottish Area flyweight title. In his next fight he again faced Kelly with Clinton's Scottish Area title and the vacant British title at stake. He won on points this time to become British champion.

In February 1989, Clinton faced Turkey's EyĆ¼p Can for the vacant European title, losing a unanimous decision.

He made successful defences of his British title against Englishman Danny Porter and David Afan Jones before getting a second shot at the European title in August 1990; Clinton took a majority decision against Salvatore Fanni in Cagliari to take the vacant European title.

He made one successful defence of his WBO title, a unanimous points win, over Porter at the SECC six months later before being dethroned by South African Jake Matlala in May 1993.

He retired at the age of 30 with a professional record of 20 wins from 23 bouts.