A lot of fighters in or around the 154-pound division are going to want a shot at the man who comes out victorious between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito when those two rematch on December 3. And Joshua Clottey, who has fought both in the past and made his ring return on November 19 in Houston, wants his hat thrown in. From Ryan Burton:
"I hurt my hand in the Margarito fight. A lot of people thought that I beat Cotto. That was a close fight. I would like the chance to fight either of those guys again," Clottey told Boxingscene.com.
Clottey (36-4, 21 KO) did give a fine accounting of himself against Cotto in 2009, and against Margarito in 2007. The biggest problem going forward that Joshua Clottey is going to face is that he has the reputation -- which may or may not still be true, we'll find out -- of overvaluing himself. Particularly in this world of ours where Clottey laid an egg on pay-per-view against Manny Pacquiao in March 2010, Clottey just isn't a fighter that networks are dying to put on TV. He's good, but he's not exciting, he's not popular, and he has no impact on TV ratings.
In his comeback fight against Calvin Green last Saturday night, he was aggressive, took charge of the fight, and stopped an overmatched foe in two. Fighting just over 154 pounds, Clottey looked in good shape, and at 34, he hasn't taken a whole lot of damage over his career. He could be a contender once more, but he might have to prove himself all over again.