On December 6, Ghana’s Joshua “Grandmaster” Clottey will get another huge opportunity to reclaim notoriety in boxing as he faces Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, most likely at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas.
Many were surprised that it was Clottey and not James Kirkland, who lives up the road from San Antonio in Austin, who got the shot at the young sensation, but anyone that saw Clottey’s most recent performance would know that he is more than worthy.
In April of this year, Clottey traveled to Australia to face super middleweight turned super welterweight Anthony Mundine. Nobody really knew what to expect out of Clottey, as he had only two bouts in the last 4 years since his wipeout defeat to Manny Pacquiao.
Mundine, meanwhile, was coming off a career ending destruction of Shane Mosley, and had been boxing far more actively.
Clottey answered all the questions emphatically, as he battered Mundine around the ring, knocking him down an incredible five times along the way. This seemed to be the Clottey of old, the one that laughed at Zab Judah, gave Miguel Cotto hell, and pummeled Antonio Margarito.
If this is the Clottey that shows up against Alvarez, the fight is even. Clottey has an iron chin, excellent boxing skills, and good power. His main enemy has been himself and his spells of inactivity. Against Cotto, he gave away the victory against Cotto by not throwing enough punches down the stretch and thus losing a razor tight decision.
His defense is unquestionable, a high guard that seems impenetrable. Should he keep Canelo on the end of his jab, his other punches will develop off that and he will give Canelo a very hard time, and possibly another defeat.
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