Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight champion, Joshua “The Hitter” Clottey has set his sight on the IBF junior middleweight title held by American Jarrett Hurd as he makes a return to the ring after a three-year hiatus.
Clottey will mount the ring on March 8 at the Bukom Boxing Arena to face Tanzanian opponent Mfaume Ahmad Said in a 10-round international super welterweight contest on the undercard of the Sherif Quaye versus Michael Ansah on the ‘Bukom Brawl’ bout put together by Box Office Promotions.
The former champion told the media on Tuesday that the fight was a path for a possible shot at the world title later this year.
“It’s been a while since I fought in front of my home fans and I want to take this opportunity to let them assess me and see for themselves if I still have what it takes to get to the top.”
“I want to use this opportunity to put myself up for Ghanaians and the media to have a look at me in the ring. After this, I will quit if the fans and media say Joshua is not fit to fight again but if I get the nod, then I know I have their blessing to go and challenge for the world title.”
Clottey, 42, said he was hungry for a world title and identified the American Jarrett Hurd as his ultimate target.
Hurd, 28, has 28 fights under his belt; 16 by way of knockouts and he is the unified junior middleweight champion, holding the IBF world super welterweight title, IBO world super welterweight title and the WBA super welterweight title which he won after a 12-round Split Decision win over Cuban Erislandy Lara in April last year.
“I want the IBF belt and that is my main focus now, Hurd is beatable, I have watched his fights severally and am going in for that title but first I would have to finish with the Tanzanian, he noted.
Fighting out of the Attoh Quarshie gym with a record of 39 fights, five losses and 22 knockouts, Clottey believes Mfaume, 26 whose fight record stands at 21, 14 wins five loses and two draws cannot stop him.
BY RAYMOND ACKUMEY