By Edward Chaykovsky
Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (38-4, 22KOs) is very disappointed with the latest developments which canceled out his December HBO televised return against Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (44-1-1, 31KOs). Canelo withdrew with an ankle injury.
Canelo is now discussing the possibility of going straight into a fight with Miguel Cotto in May. The new direction by Canelo is making Clottey grow suspicious as to the claimed ankle injury.
"I wanted to fight with Canelo and let people know that I am still in the game, that’s why I’m so happy about the Canelo fight, because I wanted to prove like I proved in Australia that I’m still in the game. I wanted to prove the same thing in America. I don’t believe Canelo is injured," Clottey told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
Clottey was hoping the fight with Canelo would erase the stench of his poor performance against Manny Pacquiao from several years ago. Earlier this year, Clottey accepted a minor payday to travel over to Australia for a fight with former champion Anthony Mundine. The local boxer was the betting favorite to win, but it was Clottey who dominated the fight and dropped Mundine several times to win.
"The Mundine fight was very small money, it’s not a money issue because the money was too low. I did not think about the money, I only wanted to prove to the world that I’m still there and the Manny Pacquiao fight was just a bad day for me," Clottey said.
"I took the Mundine fight because I wanted to prove to the whole world and I did. Australian people did not even believe me, I mentioned I was coming to Australia to fight and everybody would like to come and watch or buy the pay-per-view because they know what I can do. The same thing I wanted to prove in America."