Anthony Mundine and Josh Clottey get ready for their make or break fight this Wednesday in Newcastle.
The trash talk had ramped up for this Wednesdays fight between Anthony “The Man” Mundine and superstar Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey.
The former IBF welterweight champion is confident he can take out Mundine, former WBA super middleweight champion, when they clash on Wednesday over twelve rounds at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.
“People keep asking about my fitness, Clottey said. “I have never stopped training, I’ve had 5 months to prepare for this fight. I’m ready. Australia is such a beautiful place full of welcoming people, I hope I’m still welcome after I crush their champion.” Said Clottey whose only losses have come in world title challenges against names like Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao.
Mundine, who is chasing the big money fights against Mayweather and Pacquiao, responded by saying, “Clottey has fought the best, I have to beat him if I’m ever going to get a shot against the top dogs, Clottey is going to see my speed and power is world class come Wednesday night. I refuse to lose.”
“This fight is getting more recognition overseas than it is here. Promoters are looking at this fight and the winner will be in a position to land a big fight, Clottey knows it and so do I. I’m going to another level in this fight. I’m going to step up from the work I did against Mosley. I respect Clottey but he’s standing in my way.” Mundine said.
Juergen Braehmer won his first defence of his WBA light heavyweight belt against Enzo Maccarinelli on Saturday, winning by TKO in the fifth.
Braehmer got an early advantage and ruthlessly pursued it when Maccarinelli’s eye started to swell shut at the end of the second round.
“When you see it like that, you want to hit it even more. That’s boxing,” Braehmer said. “I caught him well with my left. Then I wanted to be too spectacular. I wanted too much. It was good that it ended then.”
The ringside doctor examined the eye twice in the third and fifth rounds and both times declared him fit to continue until Maccarinelli’s trainer, Gary Lockett, stopped the bout.
“I can’t let him go on. I can’t let him go on,” Lockett said.
Sergey Kovalev outmatched challenger Cedric Agnew to keep lightweight title on Saturday.
Kovalev pressed forward from the start of his second title defence, knocking Agnew down three times in the one-sided fight, ending Agnew with a powerful left to the body in the seventh.
Naoya Inoue became the quickest Japanese fighter to win a world title when he beat Adrian Hernandez on Sunday to take home the WBC light flyweight title.
Inoue scored a TKO when the fight was stopped in the sixth after a killer series of combinations.
On the undercard of the Tokyo title fight WBC flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi successfully defended his title for the third time with a ninth-round knockout of eighth-ranked challenger Odilon Zaleta.
Written By Daniel Whyntie