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MONTREAL - Promoter Yvon Michel says Custio Clayton was the best Canadian amateur boxer of his era and now wants to see how far he can go as a pro. Domingo Santana Jersey .The 27-year-old from Dartmouth, N.S., who came within a whisker of a medal at the 2012 Olympics in London, is to make his pro debut Dec. 19 in Quebec City on the undercard of Adonis Stevensons defence of his World Boxing Council light heavyweight title against Russian Dmitry Sukhotsky.An opponent has yet to be named for Clayton, an amateur welterweight who will likely start his pro career up one division at light middleweight (154 pounds).We always felt it was important to give an opportunity to the best amateur fighter of his era, Michel said Friday as Clayton was introduced to the local media. It fit good because its our mission to sign the best Canadian prospects.We had huge success with Jean Pascal and Adonis Stevenson, who were the leaders of their era. We had a little less with Troy Ross, but he fought in world championships twice so it was not that bad. And we really failed with Andrew Kooner. Just because Clayton has a great amateur background doesnt mean hell be an automatic success, but the chances are very good.Clayton signed a three-year deal with Groupe Yvon Michel this week and will be fast-tracked to try to reach the top 10 in the world rankings within 18 months with a goal of fighting for a world title before hes 30.The father of two is a six-time national amateur champion who decided to turn pro after reaching the quarter-finals of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he lost a close decision to Steven Donnelly of Northern Ireland.His amateur highlight came at the 2012 Olympics, where he became the first Canadian since 1996 silver medallist David Defiagbon to win his first two bouts.In the quarter-finals, he fought Briton Freddie Evans to a 14-14 draw before a partisan crowd of 10,000. He lost on the recount, which is when all five judges scores are counted instead of only the middle three (after rejecting the highest and lowest scores).Canada filed a protest, saying the referee let Evans off when points deductions should have been called, but it was turned down.Theres nothing much I can say, said Clayton. I know what I did and other people know what I did, but theres nothing I can do with the judging.Now, hes focused on pro boxing.Under Quebec commission rules, his first four bouts can be no longer than six rounds and his first one has to be a four-rounder. Michel wants to get them out of the way as quickly as possible so Clayton can start facing better opposition in longer bouts.Its always good to have something new in your life, Clayton said. Im just happy that I got the opportunity to come to Montreal and start a new life.I know Ill be a little nervous, but Im always nervous. Itll be nothing new to me. Ive been in the Olympics and fought in front of a lot of people, so its about being comfortable and going in and performing.The surroundings are not unfamiliar. Clayton has been brought in before by GYM head trainer Marc Ramsay to spar with pros in the middle weight categories, including David Lemieux and Antonin Decarie.He will continue to work with Canadian national team head coach Daniel Trepanier at the Club de Boxe de lEst in the citys east end, although Trepanier cannot work in his corner during bouts.Trepanier compared Claytons style to former welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley for his all-around talent and boxing IQ.Hes a strong fighter with a good knowledge of the ring, said Trepanier. Good footwork. Hes similar to Bradley because hes really smart and strong, physically.Claytons manager, Douggy Berneche, said the fighter could have stayed in Halifax and had a decent pro career, but made a wise choice to come to the city where the sport gets front-page attention and has most of the countrys top fighters. For TV, the connections, to have good sparring partners, you have to come to Montreal, he said.Claytons second bout should be on a fight card Berneche is promoting at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau, Que., on Jan. 31. Glenn Robinson Jersey . After seven wins in a row, they have to do it one more time to get into the playoffs. Yovani Gallardo Jersey . - Defensive end-linebacker Mike Neal apparently is returning to the Packers. http://www.brewersteamshop.com/Brewers-Corey-Knebel-Kids-Jersey/ . INJURIES - Cardinals 1B Matt Adams has been put on the DL with calf tightness, resulting in some lineup shifting, with Allen Craig moving from right field to first base, so that the Cardinals could bring up top prospect Oscar Taveras, who was the No.Thumbs up to Canada… well, of course. Specifically, thumbs up to the Canadian-based teams in the NHL, or at least most of them. If the Stanley Cup playoffs began immediately, five of the seven Canadian-based teams would qualify. But, OK, the playoffs dont start until April. Still, five - even in mid-December - is a big jump from one last season. The Montreal Canadiens had the playoff spotlight all to themselves in the 2013-14 playoffs, and they held our interest for three rounds. It would be nice if they had some company this time and Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto offer such hope. Which brings us to Ottawa and Edmonton, and to doubts that the number of Canadas playoff teams could rise above five. In case youre wondering if the Stanley Cup playoffs have ever featured seven teams from Canada, the answer is yes. The history lesson takes us back to 1986, when Montreal beat Calgary in the Stanley Cup final. Toronto and Vancouver were also playoff teams, and for the first time together, all three Canadian teams that had come from the WHA - Edmonton, Quebec and Winnipeg - made the playoffs. So cmon, Senators and Oilers, how about seven again… One of these years? Thumbs up to Jaromir Jagr… well, of course. SSpecifically, thumbs up to the 42-year-old future Hall of Famer who recently played the 1,500th game of his career - no other active NHLer has played 1,400. Paul Molitor Jersey. Jagr has scored 710 goals. No other active NHL player has scored 600. Jagrs assist total is 1062. No other player in the league today has reached the 900 mark. And Jagrs point total now sits at 1,772, fifth on the all-time list, and 552 points more than his nearest current rival, Joe Thornton. 552 is a career total never attained by a lot of good NHL players. Whats my point in listing Jagrs statistical accomplishments? Im afraid he might not get a chance to add to his playoff totals, and he needs just one more point for 200, a milestone only ever reached by four members of the Edmonton Oilers dynasty; Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri and Glenn Anderson. Maybe theres no reason to think Jagr is considering retirement, maybe the New Jersey Devils can sneak into the playoffs, and if thats not likely, maybe theyll trade Jagr at the deadline. He has never missed the playoffs two years in a row, so I hope that doesnt happen this season and I hope his last NHL game - whenever he plays it and whatever uniform hes wearing - is a playoff game. 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