Tuesday, 07 October 2014 20:28

Canelo Alvarez fight cancelled: Joshua Clottey responds

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On Monday, October 6, Golden Boy Promotions released the unfortunate news that the proposed HBO special feature between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Joshua Clottey had to be cancelled due to an injury sustained by the popular Mexican fighter.
The former IBF Welterweight Champion elected to vent his frustrations publicly via Twitter.

Rather than list the entire series of consecutive "tweets", here is the summary of direct quotes issued on Twitter from the "Grand Master" of Ghana:

"Okay Now I understand I am too big of risk," tweeted the 36 year old fighter. "These guys always find excuse not to fight with me. They offer me less money than I wish. I say okay lets fight. They say texas. Whatever lets go."

"My manager tell me joshua something big happening. We get a big name. When I hear canelo I was shocked and we tried to fight before, but he took other option. I said if he fight with guy like me he is a man I respect him. Now I not respect him he not want me like I expect."

"I am a lion from Ghana and if they give him to me I would beat him. I want to fight with Lara who beat you too. Every time I fight I fight for africa so whoever my opponent be its all for you Africa I love my people. They cant blacklist me I am coming."


Since dropping a unanimous decision to eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao in March of 2010, Clottey has only fought three times. His latest effort in the ring was an impressive UD victory over two time WBA Super Middleweight Anthony Mundine, in which Joshua floored the Aussie native five times. The twelve round featured bout took place at the Entertainment Centre in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, on April 9, 2014, in which Mundine was the slight betting favorite.

Clottey was hoping to stage a long awaited rematch with Miguel Cotto after a successful showing in Texas against Canelo, per his message released on September 25.

"First Canelo, then Cotto," tweeted the confident African fighter. "Grand Master is coming!"

While Clottey has publicly called out every ranked fighter in the Junior Middleweight division, he has longed for the opportunity to face current WBC Middleweight Champion and four division titlist Miguel Cotto since losing a controversial split decision to the Caguas native back in 2009.


But more importantly, the 36 year old fighter wants to stay active. The proud Ghanaian puncher believes that he's been kept largely inactive because of his lack luster performance against Manny Pacquiao over four years ago.

"I want everybody to understand that they shouldn't just look at the Pacquiao fight, they should look at all of my past fights," stated Joshua Clottey. "My fight with Margarito, my fight with Cotto, my fight with Diego Corrales, my fight with Zab Judah. I really miss the ring, and I really want to fight."
 

 

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