By Mike Coppinger
Manager Vinny Scolpino manages the two most notable boxers from Ghana – bantamweight Joseph Agbeko and welterweight Joshua Clottey.
Agbeko fought against Abner Mares last weekend in of the most controversial fights in recent memory. As was announced on the Showtime telecast, Scolpino and Agbeko are currently estranged, but Agbeko remains contractually-tied to Scolpino.
“I’m still his manager of record, everybody wants to change their game when they don’t like what they hear,” said Scolpino. “I’m with him until the end of my contract, I’m good.”
As for Clottey, last seen well over a year ago in a lopsided loss to Manny Pacquiao, Scolpino states that networks are interested, but that the money has to be right.
“We’re just waiting for a big fight,” said Scolpino. “Nothing on schedule right now. We had the [Kermit] Cintron fight (before he ultimately fought Carlos Molina), but not enough money.”
Scolpino expects the rugged Clottey to be back in action soon, though.
“Hopefully we get something in this year, hopefully by the end of the year he gets a fight,” said Scolpino. “Definitely, he’s got big fights in him. I would like to see him come back and fight Cotto-Margarito winner. That would be something. Let him fight Cotto again.”
Mike Coppinger is a regular boxing freelancer for USA TODAY and Ring Magazine. He’s a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, the Ring Ratings Advisory Panel and the Yahoo! Sports Boxing Panel. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger.