Montreal's Kim Clavel (16-0-1, 3 KOs) will return from losing her title to battle Naomi "La Chapita" Arellano Reyes (9-2-0, 5 KOs), of Los Angeles in a flyweight bout on April 28th at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec. This will be the first fight for Clavel, 32, since her January 13th decision loss against Yesica Nery Plata (29-2-0, 3 KOs), in a WBA/WBC 108-pound unification bout. April 28th will mark the start of Clavel’s new campaign. She intends to prove herself again by positioning her for a rematch with Plata as quickly as possible. Clavel is more motivated than ever, saying: “I want to regain my world title, but I will take it one fight at a time. We will reposition ourselves in the rankings. I'm going to need all of Quebec behind me. I'm confident with my team, my perseverance and all of you that, by the end of the year, we'll get more than just a world champion belt! Thank you for your eternal support.”
Originally from Nayarit, Mexico, Reyes now lives and trains in Los Angeles. The 28 year-old Reyes is renowned for her power and her most notable win was versus former champion Carina Moreno (25-7) in 2020. In her last outing last October, Reyes lost by decision against Gabriela Fundora (8-0) in a PBC event broadcast on Showtime.
Clavel and Reyes were supposed to face each other in August 2021 at the IGA Stadium, but the latter had to withdraw due to health restrictions to enter Canada, and she was replaced by Maria Vargas (14-4-1, 1KO). “It is with great enthusiasm and confidence that we are relaunching Kim with the ultimate goal of allowing her to avenge her defeat and regain her world title,” said GYM President Yvon Michel. “We remember the great intense and passionate fight between the two champions last January. Besides, the latter is still in the running for the 2023 Fight of the Year! The 4,000 spectators at Place Bell are still excited. To return to the world championship, Kim must prove herself again and these international titles will allow her to become a must challenger for the champion.”