Welterweight contender Joshua Clottey scored a fifth round TKO over Jose Luis Cruz, and 154-pound contender Yuri Foreman outboxed power punching Saul Roman over ten rounds to win a unanimous decision on last night's Vs. Network card.
Clottey (34-2, 20 KO) is in line as mandatory contender to the IBF title, currently held by Kermit Cintron, who will be facing Antonio Margarito in a rematch on April 12. The 31-year old Clottey challenged for the WBO title in 2006, losing to Margarito on the same card where Miguel Cotto smashed Carlos Quintana.
With Cotto against Margarito certainly coming this summer should both win on April 12, Clottey will likely have to keep waiting for his title shot.
Foreman (25-0, 8 KO) stayed undefeated with a rather predictable victory over Roman, who beat Kassim Ouma in his last outing. Foreman is an interesting boxer just because of who he is, and he's a good counter-puncher and smart fighter, but his bouts lack drama simply because he cannot punch. He has no power. He seems like a nice guy, but he's just no fun to watch, really. He's not a master counter-puncher or anything, just good at what he does.
This is, however, his fourth straight Good Win. Nothing to sneeze at. And in that division, he's a real contender.