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Toka  Kahn Clary
Weightclass:
Super Featherweight
Age:
21
Birthplace:
Monrovia, Liberia
Record:
9-0, 1 ND, 6 KOs
Height:
5’6”
Reach:
72.5”
Managers:
Mike Criscio
Trainers:
Peter Manfredo Sr.
biography
“T Nice”  

2012 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds - Bronze Medalist…
2011 World Cup of Petroleum Countries (amateur), 132 pounds – Bronze Medalist…
2011 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Silver Medalist…
2010 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 123 pounds – Bronze Medalist…
2010 National Golden Gloves Championships (amateur), 123 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2009 National Golden Gloves Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Silver Medalist…

At the age of 21, Toka is a one-year pro. A sensational prospect at 130 pounds, he is a former amateur standout.
He has stayed active in the ring, given impressive performances, and made good progress.
Toka is coming off a four-round unanimous decision win against Jose Valderrama in his last fight on August 10.
In his previous fight on July 12, Toka scored a second-round TKO win against Pablo Torres in his last fight.
SecondsOut.com's Sean Wippert reported from ringside [excerpts]: “T-Nice” Toka Kahn Clary was very convincing in his - very contradictory to his nickname - bout against Pedro Torres. The super featherweight from Providence, RI, came out firing from the opening bell as though actively looking for a quick night. His efforts were rewarded when a left found its mark after a clinch, dropping Torres in the first.
The second round was a bit of a repeat of the first as Clary proceeded to maul his opponent with a flurry of leather. Near the middle of the second round he landed a crushing left that floored Torres again. The Ciudad Juarez fighter regained himself but would be knocked to the canvas a second time and pummeled until the final seconds of the round. [The] referee had seen enough and quickly stepped in, stopping the fight at...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2013 - in his last fight on 8-10-13 in Bethlehem, PA, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Jose Valderrama (3-4): the bout was on the undercard of the Gamalier Rodriguez-Jorge Pazos main event, and Toka dominated; he consistently outboxed and outworked Valderrama, and landed the harder punches; scored 40-36 on all three scorecards…
On 7-12-13 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Pablo Torres (7-5-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Chris Avalos-Drian Francisco main event, and Toka quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 1st round; he scored two more knockdowns in the 2nd – the first with a left hand, the second with a series of punches; Torres got up, but Toka rocked him with series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:58...
On 4-13-13 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (1st round) against Gadiel Andaluz (4-4-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire-Guillermo Rigondeaux main event, and Toka quickly overpowered him - he scored three knockdowns in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:32; after the fight, Toka said, "I wanted to make a statement to fans, friends and my promoter, Top Rank, that I'm a good fighter and will be one of the top fighters in the world someday. My opponent had been knocked out once in nine pro fights. The plan was for me to out-box him and go four rounds. We knew that he was a pressure fighter and he'd run into a lot of my shots. I stepped back, hit him with a left, and down he went. I didn't expect that to happen, but I knew I hurt him on the first knockdown."...
On 2-23-13 in Hawaiian Gardens, CA, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Pablo Cupul (6-10): the bout was on the undercard at the C. Robert Lee Center; Toka scored a knockdown with a left hand in...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Toka said, "I was born in Monrovia, Liberia. Toka Kahn is my original name - Clary is my adopted name. I don't really know how many brothers and sisters I have. I didn't know my real mother much as a kid – I left there I was five years old. She didn’t have an opportunity to come to the United States as a kid, but she let me come. It’s a long story. What my grandmom told me was – my father passed away before I was born, and he had a brother, Benjamin. He brought us to the United States.
"I came to Rhode Island in 2000, but the people I was living with threw me out in the street. I was homeless for a while. Andrea Watson and Ron Clary adopted me. I've got two sisters and a brother from my adoptive parents.
"I started boxing when I was about 14. A guy I knew was going to the gym every day. I didn't even know what boxing was - at that time I was getting into a lot of trouble in the street. He took me to the gym and I was just watching, and I liked it. I saw kids my age getting up in the ring and I thought, ‘This is good.’ Peter Manfredo was giving classes and I started going to them. I started getting better, and Peter started spending time with me one-on-one and from there, boom!
"I had 131 amateur fights. I had 11 losses. I'm naturally lefthanded."
From the Boston Herald, by Ron Borges [Aug.3, 2011 – excerpts]:
BOXER FINDS HIS SALVATION
Mobile, Alabama — For a long time getting hit in the face was the easiest part of Toka
Kahn-Clary’s day.
Born in Liberia, brought to Philadelphia when he was six only to lose his father in a shooting the same year, he was a young boy adrift until boxing and Andrea Watson and her husband, Ron Clary, found him in a hard place, though not as hard as his place in life.
After moving to Pawtucket with his younger sister...
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Biography

“T Nice”  

  • 2012 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds - Bronze Medalist…
  • 2011 World Cup of Petroleum Countries (amateur), 132 pounds – Bronze Medalist…
  • 2011 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Silver Medalist…
  • 2010 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 123 pounds – Bronze Medalist…
  • 2010 National Golden Gloves Championships (amateur), 123 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2009 National Golden Gloves Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Silver Medalist…

At the age of 21, Toka is a one-year pro. A sensational prospect at 130 pounds, he is a former amateur standout.

He has stayed active in the ring, given impressive performances, and made good progress.

Toka is coming off a four-round unanimous decision win against Jose Valderrama in his last fight on August 10.

In his previous fight on July 12, Toka scored a second-round TKO win against Pablo Torres in his last fight.

SecondsOut.com's Sean Wippert reported from ringside [excerpts]: “T-Nice” Toka Kahn Clary was very convincing in his - very contradictory to his nickname - bout against Pedro Torres. The super featherweight from Providence, RI, came out firing from the opening bell as though actively looking for a quick night. His efforts were rewarded when a left found its mark after a clinch, dropping Torres in the first.

The second round was a bit of a repeat of the first as Clary proceeded to maul his opponent with a flurry of leather. Near the middle of the second round he landed a crushing left that floored Torres again. The Ciudad Juarez fighter regained himself but would be knocked to the canvas a second time and pummeled until the final seconds of the round. [The] referee had seen enough and quickly stepped in, stopping the fight at the 2:58 mark of the second round. [End Wippert item]

Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman commented, "Toka Khan is just getting better and better with each and every fight. He's explosive out of his southpaw style."

Before Toka's pro debut, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Top Rank announced that it has signed amateur standout Toka Kahn-Clary, a junior lightweight from Providence, R.I.

Kahn-Clary is trained by Peter Manfredo Sr. and managed by Mike Criscio (who guided Chad Dawson to a light heavyweight title)…

"Everyone at Top Rank is excited, and what a great way for Toka to start…." Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said in making the announcement.

"Toka is a top prospect who is the real deal," said Top Rank chief matchmaker Bruce Trampler. "He throws a lot of punches and hits hard."

Manfredo, father of former middleweight and super middleweight title challenger Peter Manfredo Jr., is high on his newest fighter.

"Toka is the best I've seen at our gym in 35 years - and I've seen a lot of fighters," Manfredo said. "He has speed, skill, tremendous combinations, and a big heart." [End Rafael item]

 

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2013 - in his last fight on 8-10-13 in Bethlehem, PA, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Jose Valderrama (3-4): the bout was on the undercard of the Gamalier Rodriguez-Jorge Pazos main event, and Toka dominated; he consistently outboxed and outworked Valderrama, and landed the harder punches; scored 40-36 on all three scorecards…

On 7-12-13 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Pablo Torres (7-5-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Chris Avalos-Drian Francisco main event, and Toka quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 1st round; he scored two more knockdowns in the 2nd – the first with a left hand, the second with a series of punches; Torres got up, but Toka rocked him with series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:58...

On 4-13-13 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (1st round) against Gadiel Andaluz (4-4-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire-Guillermo Rigondeaux main event, and Toka quickly overpowered him - he scored three knockdowns in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:32; after the fight, Toka said, "I wanted to make a statement to fans, friends and my promoter, Top Rank, that I'm a good fighter and will be one of the top fighters in the world someday. My opponent had been knocked out once in nine pro fights. The plan was for me to out-box him and go four rounds. We knew that he was a pressure fighter and he'd run into a lot of my shots. I stepped back, hit him with a left, and down he went. I didn't expect that to happen, but I knew I hurt him on the first knockdown."...

On 2-23-13 in Hawaiian Gardens, CA, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Pablo Cupul (6-10): the bout was on the undercard at the C. Robert Lee Center; Toka scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 1st round; he staggered Cupul with a series of punches in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:15...

 

2012 - on 12-6-12 in Las Vegas he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Jesus Garcia (0-1): the bout was on the undercard at the Mirage Hotel & Casino, and Toka dominated; he consistently outboxed Garcia, landed the harder punches, and won by scores of 40-36, 40-36, 39-37...

On 10-18-12 in Lincoln, RI, he had a no contest (2nd round) against Jamell Tyson (3-8-2): both fighters were cut by an accidental clash of heads in the 2nd round, and the fight was stopped on the injuries...

On 8-18-12 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won by TKO (1st round) against Jamil Winfield (0-1): the bout was on the undercard at Bally’s; Toka scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, both with left hands, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:16...

He made his debut at the age of 20 on 6-29-12 in Providence, RI, and won by TKO (2nd round) against Jonathan Caban (0-2): the bout was on the undercard at the Convention Center; Toka scored a knockdown with a right hook to the body in the 1st round; he scored another knockdown with a series of punches in the 2nd – Caban got up, but Toka rocked him again and the referee stopped the fight...

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Toka said, "I was born in Monrovia, Liberia. Toka Kahn is my original name - Clary is my adopted name. I don't really know how many brothers and sisters I have. I didn't know my real mother much as a kid – I left there I was five years old. She didn’t have an opportunity to come to the United States as a kid, but she let me come. It’s a long story. What my grandmom told me was – my father passed away before I was born, and he had a brother, Benjamin. He brought us to the United States.

"I came to Rhode Island in 2000, but the people I was living with threw me out in the street. I was homeless for a while. Andrea Watson and Ron Clary adopted me. I've got two sisters and a brother from my adoptive parents.

"I started boxing when I was about 14. A guy I knew was going to the gym every day. I didn't even know what boxing was - at that time I was getting into a lot of trouble in the street. He took me to the gym and I was just watching, and I liked it. I saw kids my age getting up in the ring and I thought, ‘This is good.’ Peter Manfredo was giving classes and I started going to them. I started getting better, and Peter started spending time with me one-on-one and from there, boom!

"I had 131 amateur fights. I had 11 losses. I'm naturally lefthanded."

From the Boston Herald, by Ron Borges [Aug.3, 2011 – excerpts]:

BOXER FINDS HIS SALVATION

Mobile, Alabama — For a long time getting hit in the face was the easiest part of Toka

Kahn-Clary’s day.

Born in Liberia, brought to Philadelphia when he was six only to lose his father in a shooting the same year, he was a young boy adrift until boxing and Andrea Watson and her husband, Ron Clary, found him in a hard place, though not as hard as his place in life.

After moving to Pawtucket with his younger sister to live with people of whom he says kindly, “They tried but they didn’t care too much what happened to me and my sister,’’ Khan-Clary was a kid ripe for boxing or for trouble.

Fortunately, he found Manfredo’s Gym before the things that took his father found him.

“I don’t know what happened to him but he got involved with something in the street,’’ Khan-Clary said of his dad’s passing during a break at the Olympic Trials, where last night he eliminated highly regarded Erick DeLeon in the lightweight division (132 pounds), 20-19, with a furious third-round rally.

“After my dad was gone I came to Pawtucket but it wasn’t any better. Then I made friends with people who cared more for us than the people we were living with. I got lucky.’’

Those friends were Peter Manfredo Sr., who trained him since he first showed up at his gym four years ago, Jim Perella, the president of USA Boxing-New England and a trainer who works out of Manfredo’s, and most of all Watson, a woman who took a liking to the quiet kid in the corner who was always working.

What no one knew for a long time was what he was working against.

Lives like Khan-Clary’s are the breeding ground for boxers. Fighters spring from fallow fields where trouble, sadness and decay are too often the only exports. Yet as often happens in such circumstances, his story came out a little at a time, the depth of the despair hidden by his smile, his reliability and his talent.

One winter day Manfredo noticed the kid had arrived at his gym on his bike. The wind chill was well below zero outside.

“I asked where he lived,’’ Manfredo recalled. “When he told me, I realized he’d been riding a bike six, seven miles each way to my gym every day for a couple years.’’

One dark night Perella drove the young fighter home. When he pulled up he noticed it was as black inside the building as the sky was outside.

“I asked if they had electricity,’’ Perella said. “He said ‘We don’t have that stuff.’ No hot water. I started taking him home with me as much as I could.’’

Through it all, Toka Khan-Clary kept showing up, kept training and mostly kept winning. That included a silver medal at the 2011 national championships and a trip to the Olympic trials this week. He must win four straight fights to reach his Olympic dream yet whatever happens he knows he’s already won something more.

“Andrea’s like an angel,’’ said Khan-Clary of the woman he calls ‘my mom.’ “She wakes me up to go running and chases me with her car. Without them and Peter I’d still have an angry part of me inside.

“Lots of people have hard times, not just me. I’m lucky. I had a friend take me to the gym and Peter came and told me if I wanted to try this I had to be serious.’’

Certainly he was last night after trailing 6-3 and 12-11 after two rounds. With Manfredo hollering from the corner he lashed DeLeon with a combination in the final round that earned a standing eight count and probably carried the day for him one night after he’d lost to favorite and 2008 Olympian Raynell Williams.

It’s nowhere near as tough as the cards dealt him 13 years ago.

“Boxing opened the door for me,’’ Khan-Clary said. “Boxing’s an opportunity to be good at something where I can do things for my family.’’

One family was lost when his father was gunned down but he found a new one in a most unlikely place. In a place where you have to fight for everything, which was something he was used to. What he was not used to was the rest of what he found at Manfredo’s.

“Andrea trained at the gym but she didn’t really know me until they told her I didn’t have nobody,’’ Khan-Clary recalled. “Christmas was coming and she said she had a present for me. She had an extra bedroom.

“I was a street kid. I didn’t know what to think about that. Why would somebody want me?’’

The better question was clear. Why would they not? [End Borges story]

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2012 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Fort Carson, Colorado, 132 pounds - BRONZE MEDALIST: in his first fight on 2-27-12 he had an 18-18 draw, but won the tiebreaker against Andy Vences; in his second fight on 2-28-12 he won a 25-12 decision against Alies Sandoval; in his third fight on 2-29-12 he won a 20-13 decision against Maximiliano Moreno; in the quarterfinals on 3-1-12 he won a 14-13 decision against Luis Feliciano; in the semifinals on 3-2-12 he lost a 21-20 decision against Raynell Williams

2011 WORLD CUP OF PETROLEUM COUNTRIES - Surgut, Russia, 132 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 11-24-11 he won a 9-5 decision against Igor Osipov of Moldavia; in the semifinals on 11-26-11 he lost an 18-10 decision against Ruslan Kamilov of Russia…

2011 PAN AMERICAN GAMES - Guadalajara, Mexico, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 10-24-11 he lost a 21-6 decision against Robson Conceicao of Brazil…

2011 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS - Mobile, Alabama,  132 pounds: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 7-31-11 he won a 15-10 decision against Luis Cruz of Bronx, N.Y.; in his second fight on 8-1-11 he lost a 30-25 decision against Raynell Williams of Cleveland, Oh.; in the challengers bracket on 8-2-11 he won a 20-19 decision againt Erick DeLeon of Lincoln Park, Mich.; in the challengers bracket on 8-3-11 he won a 24-19 decision against Kenneth Sims of Chicago, Ill.; in the challengers bracket on 8-4-11 he lost a 37-28 decision against Raynell Williams

2011 PAN AMERICAN GAMES QUALIFIER - Panama City, Panama, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 7-3-11 he won a 21-16 decision against Brian Chaves of Argentina; in the quarterfinals on 7-5-11 he won a 19-16 decision against Juan Reyes of Guatemala; in the semifinals on 7-6-11 he lost a 13-9 decision against Wellington Arias of Dominican Republic…

2011 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Colorado Springs, 132 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in his first fight on 6-20-11 he won a 17-10 decision against Nicholas Jefferson; in his second fight on 6-21-11 he won a 25-8 decision against Daniel Hernandez; in the quarterfinals on 6-22-11 he won a 24-19 decision against Divante Jones; in the finals on 6-25-11 he lost a 28-20 decision against José Ramirez

2011 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS - Indianapolis, Indiana, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 4-26-11 he won a decision against Alies Sandoval; in his second fight on 4-27-11 he lost a decision against Erick DeLeon

2011 PAN AMERICAN GAMES QUALIFIER - Cumana, Venezuela, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 3-25-11 he lost a 13-6 decision against Brian Chaves of Argentina…

2010 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Colorado Springs, Colorado, 123 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in his first fight on 7-13-10 he won a 15-10 decision against Ray Ximinez; in the quarterfinals on 7-14-10 he won a 24-20 decision against Eduardo Martinez; in the semifinals on 7-15-10 he lost a 16-7 decision against Ricky Rodriguez

2010 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIERS REGION I (North-East) - Lake Placid, New York - GOLD MEDALIST: in the finals (his first fight) on 5-30-10 he won a decision against Frankie Garriga

2010 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – Little Rock, Arkansas, 123 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 5-3-10 he won a decision against Lavisas Williams of Buffalo, N.Y.; in his second fight on 5-5-10 he won a decision against Quincy Means of Mid-South; in the quarterfinals on 5-6-10 he won a 3-2 decision against Rubin Swain of Toledo, Oh.; In the semifinals on 5-7-10 he won a 3-2 decision against Victor Pasillas of E, Los Angeles,, Cal.; In the finals on 5-8-10 he won a 4-1 decision against James Smith of Detroit, Mich….

2009 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – Salt Lake City, Utah, 125 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in his first fight on 5-4-09 he won a decision against Gabino Saenz of California; in his second fight on 5-6-09 he won a decision against Justin Hill of Iowa; in the quarterfinals on 5-7-09 he won a decision against Robert Figueroa of Detroit; in the semifinals on 5-8-09 he won a decision against Jose Haro Jr. of Rocky Mountain; in the finals on 5-9-09 he lost a decision against Robert Rodriguez of Colorado-New Mexico…

 

STRENGTHS: A lefthander with good skills, speed, and movement…has good punching power…had a strong amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 8 fights..16 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 2 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 71 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 4 rounds – 2 (2-0)…