What’s the Point?

By Clarence George on September 11, 2013
What’s the Point?
A Ghanaian who now resides in the Bronx, Clottey won the vacant IBF strap in 2008.

The fight to watch is the scheduled 10-rounder between former IBF welterweight titlist Joshua Clottey and fellow middleweight Dashon Johnson…

“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”—Bill Watterson

Saturday, September 14, 2013: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul Alvarez? Lucas Matthysse vs. Danny Garcia? Oh, please. The fight to watch, of course, is the scheduled 10-rounder between former IBF welterweight titlist Joshua Clottey and fellow middleweight Dashon Johnson at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York.

Clottey (36-4, 22 KOs), who’ll turn 36 next month, is an 18-year ring veteran who hasn’t fought since November 2011, stopping Calvin Green by second-round TKO. A very good fighter in his day, “Grand Master” has only lost to the best—Carlos Baldomir, Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, and Manny Pacquiao, none of whom stopped him. Moreover, each of the losses, save for the one to Pacquiao, was highly controversial.

A Ghanaian who now resides in the Bronx, Clottey won the vacant IBF strap in 2008, defeating Zab Judah by ninth-round technical decision. He vacated the title to challenge Cotto for his WBO welterweight championship in 2009, losing by split decision.

Twenty-five-year-old Johnson (14-12-3, 5 KOs), is a five-year pro who fought—and lost—five times in 2012, decisioned by Aaron Martinez, Angel Osuna, Daquan Arnett, Glen Tapia, and Jermell Charlo. “Fly Boy,” a California native, has fought four times this year, losing three, decisioned by Yudel Jhonson and Paul Mendez, and stopped by Julian Williams via third-round TKO. He scored a victory in March (yay!), stopping Adam Trupish by seventh-round KO, his first win since defeating Bernardo Guereca by unanimous decision in June 2011.

An easy win for Clottey, despite the ring rust. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the match gives Jimmy Thunder’s first-round, 13-second knockout of Crawford Grimsley a run for its money. But then what? Gennady Golovkin? Someone of the caliber of, say, Jose Miguel Torres is likelier.

That, too, would be a fight not to be missed.

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  1. Ted 02:01pm, 09/14/2013


  2. Clarence George 01:58pm, 09/14/2013

    I did the same, though I like the patties on occasion myself.

    Honored, but much too young—only in my 20s.  My vast experience is the result of time travel (see my interview with Max Baer, for instance).

  3. Ted 08:34am, 09/14/2013

    CG , “... tenderizes and adds piquancy—to both woman and goulash…”

    may be installed in my “Dirty Old Men” Hall of Fame located here in the White Mountains of Northern New Hampshire,  However, you may be too young for induction.

    Time to hit the links.

  4. Clarence George 07:55am, 09/14/2013

    Oh, the spiciest variety is Hungarian.  In my experience, placing such vixens up to their armpits in a simmering (not too hot, mind) vat of beef goulash tenderizes and adds piquancy—to both woman and goulash.

    Mystica Kiss.  What an intriguing name.

    There was a Hungarian serial killer by the name of Bela Kiss.  He was seen by a homicide detective, Henry Oswald, coming out of the Times Square subway station.  But that was in the early 1930s.  Hasn’t been seen since.

  5. Ted 07:38am, 09/14/2013

    Precisely, possible of Hungarian origin. I think she said her last name was Kiss…...

  6. Clarence George 08:03pm, 09/13/2013

    Ted:  Sounds like a gypsy I once knew…and one in need of the most stringent disciplinary measures.

  7. Ted the Bull 07:45pm, 09/13/2013

    CG, her hair was jet black, her fingernails were longer than my giant——-, and her eyes were cat-like. Her age could have been anywhere from 29 to 69. She was sleek as a panther.

    Mystica indeed.

  8. Clarence George 06:48pm, 09/13/2013

    Wonderfully random, Irish; wouldn’t have it any other way.

  9. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 03:22pm, 09/13/2013

    I’ve got more important things on my mind than Saturday….like why did Andrew Minsker who won the ‘84 Olympic trials have to box off with Meldrick Taylor….I suspect that Manny Steward wanted Taylor on the team…that’s why….and I’m still pissed at the shit that Dundee pulled on Cooper in London.

  10. Clarence George 02:35pm, 09/13/2013

    Was she raven-haired?  I have no objection to blondes, but they tend not to be mysterious.  Flummoxing, yes, but that’s true of all women.

  11. Ted 02:18pm, 09/13/2013

    Any lady who’s name is “Unique” I want to meet. I once met one in freaky deaky Sedona who’s name was Mystica. I asked her if she had been born with that name and she replied without a blink, “of course.” Hmmm

  12. Clarence George 01:48pm, 09/13/2013

    Ah, gentlemen, it’s nice here, isn’t it?  Tahitian serene.  An article with but a mere mention of the grossly bloated Mayweather-Alvarez, which reminds me of nothing so much as Terry Jones’ about-to-explode fat man in Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life.” Just one more tiny tidbit from John Cleese…


    Anyway, to business…

    Ted: I met a young lady today whose name is Unique.  I immediately thought of our friend Irish and his taste in women.  Anyway, regarding Rios…I haven’t given the fight much thought, but my initial reaction is even a past-his-expiration-date Pacquiao should win this one…and then promptly retire.

    Bodyshots:  My view of Pacquiao-Clottey, at which I’m happy to take another look, is that it was the Ghanaian at his defensive best.  Not a style you much care for?  Me neither, at least not as a rule.  But I didn’t get the impression he refused to fight, as Pritchard did in his embarrassing bout with Tim Witherspoon.  As for the “performance bonus”...don’t look to me to explain, let alone defend, Bob Arum’s actions.  But perhaps it was nothing more than a generous severance package.  Not generous enough apparently, if Clottey is foolishly and, yes, pointlessly coming out of retirement.

  13. Bodyshots 01:09pm, 09/13/2013

    Clottey essentially bumrushed an always dangerous Judah out of the 147lb bracket with little regard for his lethal and welter punching power. conversely, he displayed exceeding respect for Pacquiao’s* featherweight+ punching power. make of it what you will but it makes a lot more promotional $en$e than fundamental boxing sense.

  14. Bodyshots 01:03pm, 09/13/2013

    “But what are you saying, that he pulled a James Pritchard?” what i’m saying is that even Clottey’s notorious impulse to retreat into a defensive shell like a turtle doesn’t explain his conspicuous lack of offense v. Pacquiao*. nor did it merit a $1,000,000 “performance bonus”. it was as if Arum was 1) overcompensating for Clottey’s suspicious lack of offensive performance and 2) rubbing every fight-fans face in the fact that he can spin and control pundits and officials alike with his buckets of cash. one thing that Arum has never been accused of is immense respect for the integrity of the sport of Boxing. Btw, Pacquiao’s* “official win” v. Marquez in III was just as controversial as Pacquiao’s* loss to Bradley. one must condemn, rationalize, or praise both equally.

  15. Ted the Bull 11:40am, 09/13/2013

    Actually, Clottey laid out the blueprint for Rios with his ability to uppercut Pac with relative ease.

  16. Ted the Bull 11:39am, 09/13/2013

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz…is,  well—she is just sassy. I sense she would be nasty.

  17. Clarence George 10:38am, 09/12/2013

    Irish:  My mother wanted me to read the book, but I, um, never got around to it; She Who Must Be Obeyed wanted me to see the movie…she was accommodated.

  18. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:22am, 09/12/2013

    Clarence George-Ugolin: “You’re very smart Papet”. Papet: “I’m smart because I have money”.....lines from Jean de Florette.

  19. Clarence George 06:36pm, 09/11/2013

    Well, she’s certainly dumb enough, Irish. 

    I’ll tell you who I have a thing for:  Sarah Palin—stunningly beautiful and sexy.  Those glasses!

  20. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 03:02pm, 09/11/2013

    Clarence George-While we’re on the subject….I wouldn’t mind boinkin’ Debbie Wasserman Schultz….I’ve got a thing for dumb curly headed blondes….besides I could almost guarantee you that she has a shapely ass…I can tell just by looking at her face.

  21. Clarence George 01:24pm, 09/11/2013

    It’s true that Clottey didn’t do too well against Pacquiao, certainly not offensively.  But what are you saying, that he pulled a James Pritchard?

  22. Bodyshots 12:58pm, 09/11/2013

    ” Moreover, each of the losses, save for the one to Pacquiao, was highly controversial”(?). IMO, Clottey’s non-performance v. Pacquiao* (rewarded by a $1,000,000 bonus?!?), is Thee most controversial loss and essentially resulted in Clottey being banished from the respectable competitive brackets of boxing. something that his notorious headbutting never managed to do.

  23. Clarence George 11:44am, 09/11/2013


    I started work on a boxing short story several months ago, Irish.  I’ve too long neglected it, but I intend to pay it some attention soon.

  24. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:11am, 09/11/2013

    Clarence George-No…but thanks to you I can.t get Hope Emerson out of my mind…..nor do I care to. Which reminds me….between Film Noir and boxing there’s got to be a book in there somewhere for your fertile mind..

  25. Clarence George 09:24am, 09/11/2013

    Come now, Irish!  You’re surely somehow reminded of an elderly Gladys Cooper.

  26. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:54am, 09/11/2013

    Clarence George-I get your point….so no pointed remarks from me at this point.

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