GHANA’S Joshua Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) in a no-nonsense mood pounded his way to a unanimous decision over Jorge Silva (20-9-2, 16 KOs) on the undercard of Canelo-Kirkland at Minute Maid Park in Houston last Saturday.
After two evenly-contested opening rounds, Clottey’s big-fight experience began to show as he took control with cleaner, harder shots to the head and body. By the seventh round, Clottey seemed to be clobbering Silva with virtual impunity.
Silva tried courageously to rally back in the final two frames but he simply could not match the firepower of the sturdier and more seasoned Ghanaian.
Clottey adeptly covered up and took the incoming blows on his arms and gloves before countering with accurate shots.
Scores were 100-90, 100-90 and 98-92.
Clottey’s victory now sees him put together back-to-back wins on his comeback trail.
The Ghanaian will be hoping to secure a fight against Canelo Alvarez with this win.
Clottey was actually originally supposed to fight Canelo but the Mexican pulled out only to set up a clash with Kirkland.
In another development, Rickie Commey is only one slot to the Super 5 of the IBF world ratings, giving him huge advantage for the Title Elimination battle.
Commey who has had a fast climb starting from 15th position a few months ago, is the most active boxer in his weight division.
The IBF World ratings for April left number two position at the Lightweight division is yet to be rated giving Richie Commey a huge chance to get a shot for the Title Elimination.
Meanwhile, Richmond Djarbeng, a former West Africa Welterweight champion who also holds the WBA Pan Africa Welterweight belt, will slug it out against Brisbane schoolteacher, Jeff Horn at the Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North, New Zealand come June 13 on his first voyage out of Ghana.
Djarbeng is the 13th contender for Floyd Mayweather’s WBA welterweight title, two places above Horn ahead of their 12-rounder which has at stake both of 27 year old Horn’s PABA and WBO Oriental Welterweight belts.
The fight will be over 12 rounds in a stern test of the credentials of the world title chasing Djarbeng (19-2-1, 15 KOs) who is chasing the 20th consecutive victory of his career.
From Times Sports Desk