It may have been a lopsided defeat against Anthony Mundine, but ‘The Man’ proved he’s not short on intestinal fortitude by getting off the canvas 5 times in Newcastle on Wednesday night.
Joshua Clottey entered the bout with a definitive size disadvantage, but from the opening bell it was the former Welterweight champion who looked the much stronger physically. At 38, Mundine, a former title holder at Super Middleweight (76.2kg) and Middleweight (72.5kg), looked physically drawn out at the Light Middleweight (69.9kg) division.
The Ghanian imposed his will on Mundine from the get go, establishing his left to the body early and walking forward with relentless pressure. Despite being inactive, having only fought twice since 2010, Clottey was able maintain the pressure throughout the entire 12 rounds.
Round 3 would see the first of the 5 knockdowns. While Mundine answered the count, he didn’t have an answer to Clottey’s attack. He went down again in round 6 from a crisp right uppercut, then again towards the end of the round and was lucky to be saved by the bell.
Mundine found himself on the deck again in round 8 and once more in round 10 from a left hook.
Whilst Mundine sit in his corner after round 10, his trainers threatened to stop the fight. Mundine pleaded for them to allow him to continue. Courageously Mundine was able to survive the final 2 rounds and make it to the closing bell.
The three ringside judges scored the contest 116-108, 115-109 and 117-108. Clottey becomes the new WBA International Light Middleweight champion, his record improves to 38-4, 22KOs.
Mundine’s record falls to 46-6, 27KOs and a question mark now lay over his career.
Pitt Dealt First Defeat
David Aloua has handed Brad Pitt his first career defeat with a 4th round TKO in their much anticipated Cruiserweight matchup.
Pitt came out looking confident with fast hands, but Aloua used a very smart and defensive game plan against the dangerous puncher.
While Pitt pressured for the opening 3 rounds, bloodying Aloua’s nose, the New Zealand born Aloua seemed content on sitting back and waiting for Pitt to make a mistake.
Round 4 would see Aloua capitalise and land a right hand that sent Pitt crashing to the floor. It looked as though Pitt was in no shape to continue, but referee allowed the contest to carry on after a mandatory count. Aloua rushed straight back in and finished the unsteady Pitt to claim the OPBF, WBO Asia Pacific and WBA Pan African belts.
Aloua improves to 11-1, 8KOs and a matchup between the winner of Daniel Ammann and Mark Flanagan could be a high possibility. Pitt’s record now stands at 15-1 12KOs.
Also on the undercard
2012 Olympian Cameron Hammond cruised to a 6 round decision victory over late replacement Promool Boonpok with all scorecards reading 60-54.
Renold Quinlan scored a 4th round KO against his replacement opponent Dechapon Suwunnalird.
Ahmed Dib faced showman Dennapa Bigshotcamp, scoring a 2nd round TKO in what commentator Barry Michael described as a flop.
George Kambosos Jr proved much to tough for Thongthai Rajanondh, stopping him in the 1st round with a body shot.
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