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CLOTTEY CRUSHES MUNDINE

By Hayden Hooper

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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.

 

You can read more of Hayden’s work at: ChatterBoxing

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MUNDINE V CLOTTEY

By Hayden Hooper

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Anthony Mundine (46-5, 27KOs) continues his march towards a WBA title shot, as he takes on New York based Ghanaian Joshua Clottey (37-4, 22KOs) at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre tomorrow night on MainEvent PPV.

Mundine, 38, has expressed interest in facing Cuba’s interim WBA champion Erislandy Lara, or a big money fight with WBA champion and pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.

With Mundine currently ranked #3 by the WBA, these matchups could begin to become a possibility, should he get past Clottey on Wednesday night.

However, Clottey, 36, comes to Australia as a former IBF Welterweight champion, looking to put himself back into the mix of a world title fight after being inactive over the past 3 years.

Although having fought just twice since 2010, once in 2011, then after a two year absence, in September of 2013, Clottey says he has never stopped training and insists he is ready.

Clottey’s only 4 losses have come at the hands of world champions Carlos Baldomir, Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao and also holds notable wins over Diego Corrales and Zab Judah.

The undercard features a stack of domestic talent and a mouthwatering semi main event between top Australian Cruiserweights Brad Pitt (15-0, 12Kos) and David Aloua (10-1, 7KOS), which many enthusiasts believe could steal the show.

Pitt, a 2008 Olympic representative and former Australian title holder has been inactive of late, fighting just once since 2012. However, Pitt impressed in his February return with a stunning 1stround knockout on the Daniel Geale v Garth Wood undercard.

Aloua, a New Zealand born Commonwealth Games representative has been impressive himself recently, scoring two stoppage victories since suffering his first career defeat to Australian Champion Daniel Ammann.

2012 Olympian Cameron ‘The Hammer’ Hammond (8-0 4KOs) and Renold Quinlan (7-0, 3KOs) were both set to feature, unfortunately their opponents have pulled out, reasons still to be confirmed. Replacement opponents are being worked on.

Also on the card is New South Wales Light Middleweight champion Ahmed Dib (12-0, 7KOs) and Lightweight George Kambosos Jr (4-0, 2KOs) facing Thai opponents, and Super Middleweight Bilal Akkaway (9-0, 8KOs) against Brian Olman.

 

You can read more of Hayden’s work at: ChatterBOXing

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