Clottey Silences Mundine with Sublime Performance

By Daniel Attias on April 9, 2014
Clottey Silences Mundine with Sublime Performance
Clottey said that Mundine should have stayed at super middleweight. (News Corp Australia)

This was a dominant performance from Joshua Clottey, one which should see him return to the United States for some big fights…

The Entertainment Centre in Newcastle, New South Wales played host to arguably the biggest fight Australia has seen in years when former WBA super middleweight and IBO middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (46-5, 27 KOs) faced former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (37-4, 22 KOs) for Mundine’s WBA International light middleweight title tonight.

Mundine, fighting at his now preferred weight of 154 pounds, has spoken publicly of his desire to fight boxing’s pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather and with his recent win over Sugar Shane Mosley, this fight was seen by his management team as the next step in gaining a shot at Mayweather.

The pre-fight talk followed familiar patterns for the ever-controversial Mundine. He explained in an interview with Fox Sports News just days before the bout how he feels his skills and talent have often been overlooked and downplayed by the Australian public.

“It doesn’t matter if I beat King Kong, if I beat Superman or Batman. They’ll say Batman’s car wasn’t there or Superman’s cape wasn’t on, you know, let’s keep bringing up stuff that they make excuses for. Danny Green with the weight loss problem, they’ve always got an excuse for something, they never give me the credit I deserve man, I’m the best out there and that’s what I’m here to prove.”

Clottey’s pre-fight comments were just as brash, claiming he had no fear of Mundine, or any fighter for that matter. In an interview with Ray Wheatley of World of Boxing, Clottey exuded confidence.

“Mundine is fighting a prime beast, not a washed up guy like Mosley. I will crack him. I have no respect for anybody’s power. I have never been hurt in the boxing ring, ever. On April 9, I will meet Anthony Mundine in the ring. On April 10 I will be asking my promoter to arrange a world title fight for me.”

Clottey had only fought twice in the past four years prior to tonight, with the Bronx resident citing promotional difficulties for his hiatus. With his career at a crossroads since losing back-to-back fights to superstars Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao in 2009 and 2010, the result of this fight was not only paramount to Mundine’s longer term plans but also to Clottey’s future in the sport as he looks to get his career back on track.

The fight itself was a highly entertaining one, one in which Joshua Clottey dominated the bigger Mundine, knocking him down five times en-route to a unanimous points decision. The three judges’ scorecards read 116-108, 115-109, and 117-108.

The first round started off evenly, with Mundine throwing the jab well and Clottey countering to the body, showing his intention to wear down Mundine. The round was about the closest of the fight and could have been given to either fighter.

In the next round, Clottey took to stalking Mundine and pinning him on the ropes punishing his body and taking control of the bout.

In the third Clottey’s shots to the body paid off. He threw a number of head/body combinations and he floored Mundine for the first time, late in the round.

The fourth and fifth rounds were more of the same, Clottey forcing the fight, targeting the body and using his superior defense to frustrate his opponent. Mundine was game and threw his fair share of punches but Clottey’s excellent high guard ensured that he rarely landed.

The sixth was a brutal round with Clottey dominating a courageous Mundine, knocking him down twice. Mundine showed character by surviving the round, albeit with a cut above his eye. The fight was well and truly in the hands of Clottey after the sixth.

The seventh round saw Mundine come out with what looked to be a clear head, despite the two knockdowns, and for the first time in the fight he circled Clottey displaying his impressive footwork until Clottey once again forced Mundine onto the ropes and had his way with him, landing the cleaner blows and taking the fight to Mundine.

Mundine tasted the canvas again in the eighth and despite having a few moments where he looked to be getting back into the fight, it was Clottey who was the aggressor for the majority of the round and looked the fresher fighter.

The ninth round was much closer with Clottey slowing down a little giving Mundine time to breathe and throw some nice combinations early on but the continual attack to the body from Clottey was relentless towards the back end of the round and should have swayed the judges to give the round to Clottey.

In the tenth it looked as though Mundine might be on the comeback but a huge left hook late in the round from Clottey put him on the canvas again. Clottey had stolen the round with the big knockdown and the crowd sensed it was over but Mundine rose again to continue.

The final two rounds saw some great back and forth between the two fighters but it was Clottey who was once again on the front foot, attacking the body, forcing the fight and proving that he is in fact the superior fighter.

Mundine was the first to admit the fight didn’t go his way.

“I got caught early on and didn’t recover the way I wanted to. My defense wasn’t tight enough but I finished the fight on my feet.”

Clottey claimed that Mundine’s foray into a lighter weight class was his undoing, saying that he should have stayed at super middleweight.

This was a dominant performance from Joshua Clottey, one which should see him return to the United States for some big fights. His work rate was as high as I’ve ever seen before and his mix of combination punching and impregnable defense proved a winner to all that beared witness to it.

The undercard unfortunately left a lot to be desired. The first four fights were all less than stellar mismatches in which all four Australian based fighters won with ease. A travesty of matchmaking to start the night, thankfully it improved immensely in the final two fights on the card.

The Brad Pitt (15-0, 12 KOs) vs. David Aloua (10-1, 7 KOs) cruiserweight fight was the precursor to the main event and one that all the fans were looking forward to. It didn’t disappoint.

Pitt looked the better fighter in the early rounds, controlling the distance well and using his reach advantage. He took the first three rounds in the fight as Aloua looked lost and tentative before he landed a big shot which dropped Pitt to the canvas. The referee let the fight continue but it was clear that Pitt’s legs just weren’t there and Aloua jumped on him and dropped him again with the referee waiving the fight off.

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  1. Matt Jones 05:34pm, 04/10/2014

    Great work!

    Was an amazing fight. I hope to Clottey vs Andrade late this year.

  2. GlennR 10:42pm, 04/09/2014

    Hey Raxman, my thoughts exactly.
    People forget that he was knocking people out in his first 16 fights or so, and quite spectacularly so in some cases, all at SMW

    And youre spot on regarding him post Green, he should have gone OS then whilst at his peak, he really could have been something special IMO, but at middleweight i think.

    I think he has suddenly realised a couple of years ago that he is a very wealthy man, but his legacy isnt what it could have been, and he has been trying to rectify that….. too little too late choc

  3. raxman 09:12pm, 04/09/2014

    clottey by points nearly 6-1 down here. backing head to head points or ko paid nearly 3-1.  and we get to see the end of the wasted boxing career of anthony the mouth mundine. so long choc, if only you’d pushed on straight after Green you may have actually proved yourself as good you thought you were; instead you wasted your prime on easy beats and a shock loss.
    you know i saw mundine live at the weigh in for Mundine vs Soliman #2 fought at 168pounds. i thought choc looked weight drained then. but given he’d had to get his bodies muscularity down from his rugby league days i wasn’t too surprised that he eventually was able to change his shape to a boxers physique and make 160 to fight at middleweight - had he always boxed 160 would be a more natural fit. but he certainly gave up his power. the move to 154 however was as silly as his claiming (out loud) a mayweather fight

  4. sef 03:51pm, 04/09/2014

    Good for Clottey Finally He win.

  5. Ted 03:11pm, 04/09/2014

    WOW. This should do it for Mundine.

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