Wednesday night in Newcastle, Australia: Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (46-5 27KOs) faces former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (37-4 22KOs). The bout will be carried by Main Event PPV.
Both men are currently riding two fight winning streaks, although against lesser than ideal competition. Mundine stopped the ghost Shane Mosley late last year in a horrendously bad fight. He then backed up the win by winning a clear but unimpressive decision over Gunnar Jackson, better known for laying drains than throwing punches.
Clottey’s two wins are even less impressive than Mundine’s; he knocked out Calvin Green in 2011 and won a decision over Dashon Johnson last year.
While this is a fight that very few, if anyone called for, it is an intriguing match-up. Also worth noting are the position of both men in the WBA rankings; Mundine is currently ranked 3rd, Clottey by some miracle is currently ranked 14th. The winner of this fight will be in line to face WBA champion Erislandy Lara should the number two ranked Saul “Canelo” Alvarez forfeit his opportunity (number one is vacant).
This is one of the tougher fights to predict of the entire year, mostly because both men are total question marks. Nothing can be taken from either man’s previous two fights due to the level of competition. Clottey is 36 and Mundine is 39 so neither man has much time left. Mundine is clearly the bigger man while Clottey has the better skill set. Both men have faced good competition, although they lost to the majority of it. The biggest question going into the fight is Clottey’s mindset. He virtually put forth no effort in his loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2010 and has since only fought twice.
That being said, if Clottey comes to fight he should be able to squeak past the aging Mundine. The pick is Clottey by decision.
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