Joshua Clottey will return to super-welterweight

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Joshua Clottey talks to James Slater about his recent loss to Gabriel Rosado, says the weight was just too much for him

FORMER IBF welterweight ruler Joshua Clottey lost a hard, competitive 10-round decision against warrior Gabriel Rosado this past Saturday (December 19). Losing via scores of 97-93 twice and 96-94 in a bout that was contested at a catch-weight of 158-pounds, Clottey lost for the first time since his disappointing fight with Manny Pacquiao in 2010.

Now 39-5(22) the 38-year-old from Accra, who has never been stopped in his twenty year pro career, says he will go back down to the more comfortable 154-pound weight class, where he says he “will fight anybody.”

Here Clottey speaks with Boxing News on the loss to Rosado:

Q: It was a good fight and a hard fight. What went wrong for you?

Joshua Clottey:  “The weight was too big for me. I had to force myself to put pounds on, on the day of the weigh-in. I am a 154-pound fighter but my promoter always seems to want to put me on other people’s [promoter’s] shows. The [Rosado] fight was his [my promoter’s] idea.”

Q: Who do you want to fight at 154?

J.C:  “I will fight anybody there.”

Q: You look like you have a number of good fights left in you…

J.C:  “Why would you say that?”

Q: Because you are always in shape, have never been stopped and are tough with a great chin.

J.C:  “Okay, thanks. I just want to know what you are thinking.”

Q: Rosado has called out Canelo Alvarez, has he any chance if that fight comes off?

J.C:  “Of course, this is the boxing game and anything can happen. But I’m not sure what weight they will fight at. And Rosado is not a puncher. Let me ask you this, were the people happy with my performance [against Rosado]?”

Q: Yes, the fans enjoyed it and it was a close fight all the way to the final round.

J.C:  “Okay, thanks.”

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