Anthony Mundine takes on Joshua Clottey on Wednesday night. Picture: Jonathan Wood/Getty Images
Now ranked number four contender for Floyd Mayweather’s WBA Super Welterweight title, Anthony Mundine takes on Joshua Clottey in Newcastle on Wednesday night. Clottey is by far Mundine’s toughest assignment since losing to Daniel Geale just over a year ago.
A Ghanaian boxer now living in the Bronx in New York, Clottey’s only four losses were to world champions – Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito and Carlos Baldomir. He’s won 37 of his 42 fights, 22 by ko.
Dubbed the Grand Master, many believe the 36-year-old will add to his recent trash-talk victory over one of the best (Mundine) by also giving ‘Da Man’ a run in “da ring”. Critics of Clottey believe he is well and truly past his best and hasn’t done much of late. In fact, Clottey has only been in the ring twice in more than two years because of managerial and promotional issues.
However, there is no doubt he has the physical appearance, strength and ring experience to test his controversial Australian opponent, who for once has been beaten in pre-bout banter. Clottey claims he’ll crush our champion and that Mundine is fighting ‘a beast’. He’s already talking about his next fight being a world title.
Approaching his 39th birthday, Mundine believes he can continue boxing for another two years if he takes out Clottey. The Man has won 46 of his 51 fights, 27 by ko.
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