Canelo Alvarez gets stern test Dec 6

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According to sources, former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (44-1-1 31 KOs) will fight former welterweight champion Joshua Clottey next.

Canelo vs Clottey will take place on December 6 in Houston, TX, and the confirmation comes just a week after Canelo and Hall of Fame fighter Oscar De La Hoya announced that Mexico's biggest ticket seller and box office draw would return to HBO.

The bout, which will not be on pay-per-view (PPV), is expected to draw upwards of two million viewers.

So who is Joshua Clottey?

If you're a new fan you may not be familiar with him.

A native of Ghana who now makes his home in the Bronx, Clottey has faced some of the very best over the years.

The soon-to-be 37 year old burst into prominence in 2008, defeating a somewhat still-youthful Zab Judah.

And, as a 3 to 1 underdog, Clottey dropped a somewhat controversial split decision to Miguel Cotto the following year. In that bout, Clottey rose from the canvas in the opening round to outland Cotto 222 to 179, according to PunchStats, over twelve hard-fought stanzas.

Many judge Joshua, perhaps incorrectly, by his wide unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2010. In that bout, Pacquiao unleashed wicked combinations against the heavily-guarded Ghanian who went into a defensive shell of sorts. Pacquiao vs Clottey was unsettling for many as the Joshua failed to mount a satisfactory offense.

But what many forget is Clottey was able to rough-up PacMan a bit with the few shots he did throw, particularly with his hard, accurate right hand.

And while he lost to Antonio Margarito in 2006, Clottey suffered an injured left hand in Round 4 and immediately went into retreat afterwards. Showtime reported this live, explaining why Clottey proceeded to lose rounds five through eleven on all three official scorecards.

Known as the "Grand Master," the well-muscled Joshua Clottey took over a year off and then proceeded to win three in a row.

Earlier this year, Clottey defeated Anthony Mundine in the latter's homeland of Australia, earning a wide decision.

The fighter some insist has no offense knocked down Mundine, who was ranked No. 3 in the light middleweight division by the World Boxing Association, once in round 3, twice in round six, once in round eight, and once in round 10.

A former IBF Welterweight Champion, Clottey has never been KO'd. Will Canelo be the first to do it?

Joshua Clottey Facts
  • Age: 37 (as of Oct 10, 2014)
  • Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
  • Nationality: Ghana
  • Hometown: Bronx, New York, USA
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Height: 5′ 8″ / 173cm
  • Reach: 70″ / 178cm
  • Boxing Record: 38-4, 22 KO
  • KO percentage: 51
  • Defeated Diego Corrales in 2007, scoring knockdowns in Round 9 and 10.
  • Has a record of 3-4 (0 KO) against former or current world titlists.
  • Won against Diego Corrales, Zab Judah, and Anthony Mundine.
  • Lost against Carlos Manuel Baldomir, Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, and Manny Pacquiao.
  • Titles Held: IBF Welterweight Title (2008-09)


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