Canelo Doesn't Consider Clottey Fight To Be 'Easy'

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Boxing fans aren’t exactly excited about the Canelo Alvarez-Joshua Clottey fight.

Alvarez still doesn’t consider their Dec. 6 meeting at Alamodome in San Antonio anything resembling a soft touch. He considers Clottey’s unanimous-decision defeat of Australia’s Anthony Mundine (46-6, 27 KOs) on April 9 near Mundine’s hometown as evidence Clottey (38-4, 22 KOs), who’ll turn 37 on Oct. 6, still can compete at a high level.

“You have a strong fighter in Clottey,” Alvarez said Tuesday during a question-and-answer session with boxing writers at HBO’s building in Manhattan. “He’s very strong and anything can happen. He’s a fighter with a lot of experience. He’s been tested, he’s coming off a very, very good win and at this level anything can happen. No fight is easy.”

Alvarez versus Clottey, which will be broadcast live on HBO, will officially be announced sometime next week. Alvarez’s past three bouts have been televised via Showtime Pay-Per-View, but he recently signed a multi-fight contract to fight exclusively on HBO and HBO Pay-Per-View. When asked about criticism of the Alvarez-Clottey matchup, HBO Sports president Ken Hershman emphasized the importance of bringing the 24-year-old Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) back to premium cable, where it won’t cost fans an additional $55-$75 to watch him perform.

“I don’t know what the reaction’s going to be,” Hershman said of the Alvarez-Clottey fight. “We are looking at the long-term relationship here and never really focused on any individual fight – fight by fight by fight – when you’re talking about a star of this magnitude and a relationship this long. And strategically, it has to fit in. There are arguments why Clottey will be an interesting, compelling fight. People don’t have to buy [those arguments], but it’s not pay-per-view. It’s on HBO and we think it’s going to be an entertaining night. We have a great undercard we’re putting together for that show and we think it’s value for our subscribers. Canelo’s been on pay-per-view for his last three or four fights now, and it’s time to bring him back to the masses.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Suavecito80 on 10-02-2014

Ok, Canelo we believe you.:rolleyes:

Comment by alexguiness on 10-02-2014

Not a good fight or match up. But Canelo is not a ducker. Clottey is shot, has been for years.

Comment by Tobi.G on 10-02-2014

[QUOTE=oneon11;14992825]Cindanelo fighting washed up fighters with a name in order to build up his fraud zza resume. Dude loss to Lara and GBP made sure they kept him away from Cotto by robbing him in the Trout fight. All Cindanelo…

Comment by Mr. Punch-Out!! on 10-01-2014

[QUOTE=KO MX;14992838]Andrade? who is Andrade? he is irrelevant right now[/QUOTE] Well, it's not like it's a PPV fight so that shouldn't matter. Besides, I'm sure a lot of people wouldn't mind seeing Andrade fight Canelo.

Comment by Dinamita 03 on 10-01-2014

[QUOTE=redmyth79;14994535]Read before u post. Its free!! And if u paid attention u would know that his next fight was scheduled to be free for awhile. Yes Canelo will beat him down, but the kid has fought some great competition the…

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