Fresh off his convincing unanimous decision win over Dashon “Flyboy” Johnson, Joshua “Hitter” Clottey says he is ready to step up and challenge for a world title in his next fight.
Clottey, a former world champion at welterweight, is now fighting as a junior middleweight and is feeling confident about making waves in his new division.
Speaking to ASG from his Bronx base, trainer Godwin “Alloway” Kotey says the big names in the division should be afraid.
“Joshua looked really good in his win and we are now eyeing the likes of Carlos Molina, Alvarez and even Mayweather”.
Clottey himself says he has been viewed negatively since his loss to Pacquiao and also deserves a rematch against Cotto.
“The fight with Cotto, I won the fight. They gave him the fight cause they wanted Cotto vs Pacquiao,” explained Clottey.
“I deserve the rematch. If I fought Cotto today I’d beat him.
“For the Pacquiao fight I trained very hard, I felt good physically. But you know sometimes, boxing is all about the mindset. When the mind is all right and everything is good with you, boxers perform at their best. But I had problems with my manager, I had to do everything myself. But I’m a different person now that I’m not with this manager, I’m ready to go.
“Don’t judge me on the Pacquiao fight; judge me on my whole career.”
Clottey feels he will be more effective at junior middleweight and will be a more aggressive fighter than before.
“When I was fighting at 147lbs, it was hard to make weight. Sometimes on the week of the fight I was really eating nothing.
“But at 154lbs I’m very comfortable. When I’m in the ring I’ll let my hands go more. I’m gonna throw a lot of punches.”
Credit: Godfred Akoto Boafo allsports.com.gh (Excerpts from boxingscene.com)