Advertisement
Advertisement

Joshua Clottey Begins His Run at Junior Middleweight

By Ben Jacobs

The boxing world’s attention will be focused on Las Vegas this weekend as Floyd Mayweather squares off with Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez, but over in New York, former IBF welterweight champion, Joshua Clottey, returns to the ring and will be hoping to get onto the world scene in the junior middleweight division.

Clottey was last seen in the ring in November 2011 with a straightforward second round stoppage of Calvin Green.  In fact, that has been his only action since losing via a unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao in March 2010.

Clottey explained the reason for his long absence from the sport, and his hunger and desire to return.

“Well I’m so happy.  You know, people thought I had retired but I want to let everyone know I have not retired.  I had some promotional and managerial problems but I’m done with that.

“I didn’t want to work with my former manager anymore,” Clottey added.

“He didn’t do anything for me.  I’m now with David Berlin, who is my advisor.

“I was in Ghana for a while, but I kept training cause I knew I’d be back in the ring.  I’ve been back in New York for just over two months now.  I’m training with Godwin Kotey, he was my trainer for my last fight with Calvin Green.”

Clottey, a huge soccer fan, has not kept up too much with the boxing scene but always kept his eye out for the big fights.

“Yeah, sometimes when there is a big fight like Mayweather or Pacquiao, I watched it in Ghana.  But you know I’m not much of a fan of watching boxing too much.  I like watching soccer.”

The Ghanaian’s opponent this Saturday will be experienced Dashon Johnson, on a card promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.  The bout will be a ten rounder close to the middleweight limit but Joshua insists he will campaign at junior middleweight.
“I’m a 154lb fighter, I’m not gonna fight at 160lbs, just for this fight I’ll be around 159lbs. 

“I’m looking forward to fighting all the guys at 154lbs, like Canelo Álvarez.  But you know I don’t really want to mention names because I’m just coming back. 

“I want people to start talking when I start fighting, then we’ll make the matches.  But right now I just want to concentrate on my next fight.  I will fight with anybody.”

The last time Clottey fought in New York, he was handed a split decision loss against Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto in a thriller that many observers felt Clottey deserved to win.  Naturally ‘Grandmaster’ would love a return match in the near future.

“The fight with Cotto, I won the fight.  They gave him the fight cause they wanted Cotto vs Pacquiao,” explained Clottey. 

“I deserve the rematch.  If I fought Cotto today I’d beat him.

“For the Pacquiao fight I trained very hard, I felt good physically.  But you know sometimes, boxing is all about the mindset.  When the mind is all right and everything is good with you, boxers perform at their best.  But I had problems with my manager, I had to do everything myself.  But I’m a different person now that I’m not with this manager, I’m ready to go.

“Don’t judge me on the Pacquiao fight; judge me on my whole career.”

Clottey feels he will be more effective at junior middleweight and will be a more aggressive fighter than before.

“When I was fighting at 147lbs, it was hard to make weight.  Sometimes on the week of the fight I was really eating nothing. 

“But at 154lbs I’m very comfortable.  When I’m in the ring I’ll let my hands go more.  I’m gonna throw a lot of punches.”

Tags: Joshua Clottey image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BennyST on 09-14-2013

He should have been at 154 from well before the Pac fight. Struggling with weight for so long really hurt his performances. Hope he does something decent for the last leg of his career and get back some respect.

Comment by Michael Paine on 09-14-2013

[QUOTE=Da7thsign;13743205]Such a waste... I really liked Clottey but he ruined himself with the inactivity. I wouldn't expect him to last with any of the good 154lb fighters. But glad he's back, just make some noise and get a title shot,…

Comment by Da7thsign on 09-14-2013

Such a waste... I really liked Clottey but he ruined himself with the inactivity. I wouldn't expect him to last with any of the good 154lb fighters. But glad he's back, just make some noise and get a title shot,…

Comment by chargerhemi06 on 09-14-2013

I like clottey...he's just not mentally there. His combos are wicked and fast, but his hands are little weak. I hope he gets his **** together and destroy the younger guys.

Comment by bigjer88 on 09-14-2013

I was there too. A very close fight, but Cotto deserved the win. Clottey fought with no urgency in the championship rounds (in MSG, no less, where he should have expected the close rounds to go to Cotto). The round…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (13)
Top Headlines Povetkin Questions Whether Wilder Actually Intended To Fight Him Burns-Di Rocco: Ogogo Wins On Return Mosley: They Said I Was Done, I'm Going To Annihilate Avanesyan! Ricky Burns: I Feel I Definitely Have Another Few Years in Me Donnie Nietes Drops, Punishes and Stops Raul Garcia Photos: Lucian Bute Holds Presser, Maintains His Innocence Cecilia Braekhus is Hoping To Stage Title Defense in Norway DiBella: Haye's Last Bout Hard To Watch, Not in Running For Wilder Avanesyan Tabs Thurman To Beat Porter, Ready For Mosley Weights From Liverpool: Bellew 199.1; Makabu 196.8 Golovkin's Coach: Canelo Would Drill Pacquiao Worse Than Khan! Lara's Trainer: Golovkin Should Want To Test Himself Against Lara Frank Warren: Kell Brook Wanted No Part of Liam Smith Hearn: Ricky Burns' Last Chance To Win Gold, a 50-50 Fight Tony Bellew Smiles: I Was Always a Rebellious Little F***er! Hearn Wants Parker To Get UK Exposure To Build Joshua Bout Video: Shane Mosley Shows Off His Power and Speed at Workout Marquez Injured, Stops Training - But Still Has Eye on Miguel Cotto Barthelemy: I Want To Fight The Likes of Crawford and Broner Dela Torre Injures Right Hand, Admits Improvement is Needed Photos: Orlando Salido Closes Camp For Francisco Vargas War Mosley-Avanesyan: Winner To Receive WBA Title Shot? Parker's Promoter Vows: We'll KO Joshua, Haye, Chisora, Fury! Kauffman Rips Wilder: Took The Easy Way Out, I Beat Arreola's Ass! Jarrell Miller Demolishes Nick Guivas, Dela Torre Struggles in Win Photos: Shane Mosley, David Avanesyan - Face To Face at Weighin Video: Shane Mosley vs. David Avanesyan Official Weighin Photos: Rances Barthelemy Putting in Work For Mickey Bey Defense Chavez Jr. Says Training Pact With Freddie Roach is Stronger Now Donnie Nietes Very Happy With Casimero's World Title Victory Photos/Weights: Miguel Vazquez vs. Erick Bone, More Avanesyan's Coach: Mosley Has Declined, We'll Take Advantage Hearn: I Told Loeffler, Eubank Will Sign For Golovkin Right Now Teddy Atlas: McGregor Needs 5 Years of Training For Mayweather Povetkin's Promoter: WBC's Investigation Will Take a Few Months Casimero: I Can Drop Chocolatito Just Like I Dropped Ruenroeng! Video: Shane Mosley vs. Cruiserweight Dimar Ortuz - Sparring Eddie Hearn Believes Ricky Burns is Still The Same Fighter Whyte Says Chisora Punked Out, Backed Down From Challenge WBC Prez Applauds Pacquiao For Turning Back on Olympic Offer
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement