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Custio Clayton of Dartmouth wins another international boxing title

The former Olympic star is under new management and wanting bigger things in the ring.

Custio Clayton, of Montreal, celebrates after defeating Christian Coria, of Argentina, with a unanimous decision to win the super lightweight WBO International title in Laval, Que., Saturday, December 16, 2017.

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Custio Clayton, of Montreal, celebrates after defeating Christian Coria, of Argentina, with a unanimous decision to win the super lightweight WBO International title in Laval, Que., Saturday, December 16, 2017.

Custio Clayton dominated Cristian Coria of Argentina to claim the minor World Boxing Organization International welterweight title on Saturday night.

The bout was on the undercard of the WBO middleweight title fight between British champion Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux of Laval, Que. later Saturday night.

Clayton (13-0), a 2012 Canadian Olympian, won all 10 rounds on all three judges cards over Coria (27-6-2) before a large crowd at the Place Bell arena.

“It feels very good,” said Clayton. “I was just happy to get in the ring on a card like this.

“The fans were amazing.”

Clayton took control early and was never in trouble against the Argentine, who kept his record of never being stopped before the limit intact even though he had to take a knee after a right to the ribs in the ninth and was dropped for an eight-count by a right uppercut in the 10th.

“I wasn't thinking that way at all,” Clayton said of trying to end it early. “I knew he was tough.

“I had to stay composed and fight the way I know how.”

Clayton was ranked 15th by the WBO going into the fight and should climb into the top 10. His goal is to get into position for a world title bout by the end 2018 or early in 2019. He expects to fight next in February, but for now he intends to return to Dartmouth and spent the holidays with his family.

Going into the fight, his trainer Daniel Trepanier says his fighter just needs to be patient and wait for his big moment in the spotlight.

“Custio is a way better boxer but the guy comes with a decent record,” said Trepanier. “He's a tough guy.

“Custio will have to apply his boxing and knowledge in the ring and it should go well for him.”

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