In the clash between the two former champions the power of Joshua Clottey brought Anthony Mundine down five times and put the Australian boxer’s future into serious doubt.
Anthony Mundine has had a disaster night against Joshua Clottey, trashing his plans to relocate to the US and fight big names like Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Rather than Clottey being a stepping stone for Mundine to get on top in America the fight may give Clottey the boost he needs to revive his stagnant career.
“I am thrilled that Joshua was victorious. I knew when I signed Joshua to a promotional agreement he would still be a major force in the junior middleweight division. Joshua has the ability to defeat any junior middleweight in the world, and this win sets up potentially major fights for Joshua with the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara and my junior middleweight champion, Demetrius Andrade. I am looking forward to Joshua’s journey back to the world championship,” Star Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia said.
Clottey dominated Mundine, stalking him throughout the entire fight scoring five knockdowns in a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision.
In only his third fight since his 2010 loss to Manny Pacquiao, Clottey looked far superior to Mundine dropping him for the first time in round three, then twice in the sixth and again in the eighth and tenth.
Mundine did well to stay in the fight for the full twelve and got up quickly after each knock down but never threatened Clottey and in a bizarre choice was wearing running shoes that slipped off during the fight.
After the fight Clottey said Mundine made a mistake dropping to the super-welterweight division, where the Australian held the WBA international title until this loss.
This outcome must be giving Mundine a serious reality check about where his future lies, saying after the fight, “I don’t want to think about that now. I want to take some time off and relax. Who knows?” said Mundine.
‘‘I want to fight the best but I got caught early. I finished the fight on my feet and at the end of the day you’ve got to have a go and fight the best,” Mundine said after the fight, adding that he was not thinking about retirement and that he may look at a rematch with Australian arch-rivals Danny Green or Daniel Geale.
In the co-feature, cruiser weight David Aloua scored an explosive fourth round KO over Brad Pitt.
The former Australian Commonwealth Games gold medalist Pitt suffered his first professional defeat.
Written By Daniel Whyntie