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Clay Collard hopes his ‘blue-collar’ resonates with fans

Collard takes on Quincy LaVallais tomorrow in Las Vegas.

UFC 191: Collard v Trator Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

With Clay Collard (9-2-3, 4 KOs) set to make his next ring appearance tomorrow evening in the MGM Bubble against Quicy LaVallais (9-0-1, 5 KOs), Collard is eager to give LaVallais his first professional loss while he continues to build his fast growing fan base who have really taken to his aggressive style between the ropes.

Collard, 27, tells RingTV that he believes he’s coming into his own as a fighter and an attraction and wants to keep his momentum rolling in this outing. Collard maintains that he never quite expected fans to gravitate towards him like they have been as of late, but says that was always his coach’s plan. Even still, he hopes to gain even more traction with fans with his performances.

“I hope my blue-collar style and humbleness resonates with the fans. I come from a small town in the middle of Utah. I grew up boxing in a basement of an Elks Lodge. I’ve traveled over the United States meeting people in amateur tournaments. I would hope people get something out of me being humble and being able to work hard for success.”

Even should Collard take the win tomorrow, the fighter who also competes in MMA is still contracted to fight in the Professional Fighters League in 2021. Collard expects to take care of that obligation and then get right back between the ropes and make a full-time run in boxing, where he’s had the much better momentum.

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