Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Joshua Clottey Is Not A Pushover

Fighting Joshua Clottey (35-20-2) is no easy task for anyone, and I expect that to be the case for Miguel Cotto, when he faces Clottey on June 13, at Madison Square Garden in a scheduled 12-round bout.

Joshua Clottey has never been stopped in his 35 trips to the ring and has only tasted defeat twice, both by unanimous decision; once by Carlos Baldomir and the other by Antonio Margarito.

Miguel Cotto possesses tremendous power in both fists, and is the better technician, but Clottey is a tough nut to crack. Clottey has an iron chin and a tank that seems to never run out of gas. If anyone is getting stopped in this bout it will be Cotto, not Clottey.

This is a dangerous fight for Miguel Cotto because of the aforementioned attributes Clottey brings to the table. Cotto should be able to (should is the key word here) effectively outbox Clottey to win by decision - and I expect that to happen - but not before Clottey makes things dicey for Cotto along the way. Clottey's pressure could crack Cotto before the final bell rings. I would not be surprised in the least if Clottey somehow manages to stop Cotto; he is a live underdog.

My final prediction for this bout: Close but clear unanimous decision for Miguel Cotto.

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