Joshua Clottey

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Joshua Clottey
Nickname(s) The Grand Master
The Hitter
Rated at Welterweight
Light middleweight
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Nationality Ghanaian
Born (1977-10-06) October 6, 1977 (age 38)
Accra, Ghana
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 45
Wins 39
Wins by KO 22
Losses 5
No contests 1

Joshua Clottey (born October 6, 1977) is a Ghanaian professional boxer and former IBF welterweight champion. Born in Accra, Ghana, Clottey now lives in The Bronx, New York. He is also the brother of veteran boxers Judas Clottey and Emmanuel Clottey.[1]

Early life[edit]

As a child in his native Ghana, Clottey had a passion for football, a sport that was also played by his father. Clottey moved and spent a few years in the United Kingdom then later to the United States.[2]

Professional career[edit]


Clottey rose to prominence by winning his first twenty fights, including 14 by knockout. His performance set him up to fight Carlos Baldomir, in a title defense by Baldomir for the WBC international welterweight title. Clottey was winning until the 10th round, where he was penalized two points for an intentional head butt. After another clash of heads, Clottey was disqualified.

Clottey rebounded from the controversial loss by winning the African Boxing Union welterweight title in his next fight. He then rolled off a 10 fight winning streak highlighted by his first win on American soil and capture of several minor welterweight and middleweight titles. The streak culminated in an IBF intercontinental welterweight title. On December 2, 2006, Clottey earned his first shot at a world title but broke his hand in the fourth round of his fight against World Boxing Organization champion Antonio Margarito. That bout against Margarito has since come under controversial suspicion following news reports (released after Margarito's fight with Shane Mosley) that Margarito had boxed opponents with hand wraps illegally loaded with plaster (along with Margarito's first bout with Miguel Cotto). On April 7, 2007 (following Clottey's questionable loss to Margarito), Clottey earned a unanimous decision over Diego Corrales, in what was Corrales's final fight before his death. In December 2007, Clottey positioned himself for another title shot with a win over prospect Shamone Alvarez.[3] Clottey beat Zab Judah on August 2, 2008, for the IBF welterweight title vacated by Antonio Margarito.

Clottey vs. Cotto[edit]

On June 13, 2009, Clottey faced Miguel Cotto in New York at Madison Square Garden for the WBO welterweight title. Cotto dropped Clottey in the first with a jab. Cotto was cut in the third round by an accidental head butt. Clottey's combinations throughout the fight gave Cotto problems. Cotto emerged the winner with a controversial split decision.[4]

Clottey vs. Pacquiao: The Event[edit]

Clottey fought seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas, at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium following the disagreement on terms of a proposed boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. which would have been scheduled on the same date in Las Vegas, Nevada. Clottey lost to Pacquiao by unanimous decision. Pacquiao threw a total of 1231 punches in the fight, missing 985 and landing 246.[5] Clottey threw a total of 399 punches, 291 missed and 108 hit Manny. On November 19, 2011, after over a year away from the ring, Clottey returned to defeat Calvin Green via TKO in the second round. Since then however, Clottey confirmed that he'd retired from boxing.


In mid-2013, Clottey announced his return to boxing, saying he had been inactive because of managerial problems. Clottey returned to the ring on September 14, 2013, when he faced Dashon Johnson. Clottey made easy work of Johnson, showing no ring rust whatsoever en route to winning a dominant and wide unanimous decision. On April 9, 2014, Clottey went on to beat former middleweight champion Anthony Mundine, dropping Mundine five times. Clottey was in line to fight Canelo Alvarez later that year, but the fight never materialized, partially to do with an injury to Canelo's ankle.

Fighting style[edit]

A tough, orthodox fighter. Clottey has a balanced combination of size, speed, stamina, power, endurance, ring savvy, and a solid chin. In addition, he is an accurate, efficient puncher with effective countering ability. His defensive skills are top notch; he stands upright while holding his arms and gloves high to protect himself, which is similar to Winky Wright's defensive stance.[6] As a result of his defensive prowess and ability to absorb a punch, he has never lost a bout via knock-out.

Professional boxing record[edit]

39 Wins (22 Knockouts), 5 Losses, 0 Draws, 1 No Contest[7]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 39–5 (1) United States Gabriel Rosado UD 10 2015-12-19 United States Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York
Win 39–4 (1) Mexico Jorge Silva UD 10 2015-05-09 United States Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Win 38–4 (1) Australia Anthony Mundine UD 12 2014-04-09 Australia Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, New South Wales Won WBA International Light Middleweight title.
Win 37–4 (1) United States Dashon Johnson UD 10 2013-09-14 United States The Paramount, Huntington, New York
Win 36–4 (1) United States Calvin Green TKO 2 (8), 1:56 2011-11-19 United States Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas
Loss 35–4 (1) Philippines Manny Pacquiao UD 12 2010-03-13 United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas For WBO Welterweight title.
Loss 35–3 (1) Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto SD 12 2009-06-13 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York For WBO Welterweight title.
Win 35–2 (1) United States Zab Judah TD 9 (12) 2008-08-02 United States Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant IBF Welterweight title.
Win 34–2 (1) Mexico José Luis Cruz TKO 5 (10), 2:48 2008-04-03 United States Aviator Sports & Events Center, New York, New York
Win 33–2 (1) United States Shamone Alvarez UD 12 2007-12-20 United States Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 32–2 (1) Puerto Rico Felix Flores UD 10 2007-08-09 United States Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 31–2 (1) United States Diego Corrales UD 10 2007-04-07 United States Shrine Mosque Auditorium, Springfield, Missouri
Loss 30–2 (1) Mexico Antonio Margarito UD 12 2006-12-02 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey For WBO Welterweight title.
Win 30–1 (1) Colombia Richard Gutierrez UD 12 2006-07-29 United States Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California For IBF Inter-Continental Welterweight title.
Win 29–1 (1) Venezuela Marcos Primera UD 10 2005-12-03 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won Interim WBC Continental Americas Light Middleweight title.
Win 28–1 (1) United States Marlon Thomas UD 10 2005-10-21 United States Turning Stone, Verona, New York


  1. ^ Judas Clottey – Boxer. Retrieved on 2012-02-29.
  2. ^ Joaquin Henson (March 19, 2010). "Clottey chickened out". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  3. ^ Scorecard: Clottey gets past Alvarez, moves closer to title shot – boxing – ESPN. (2007-12-24). Retrieved on 2012-02-29.
  4. ^ Miguel Cotto-Joshua Clottey: Round by Round. Bleacher Report (2009-06-14). Retrieved on 2012-02-29.
  5. ^ Pacquiao vs Clottey Punch Stats
  6. ^ Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight packed star power, fans into Cowboys Stadium – ESPN Dallas. (2010-03-15). Retrieved on 2012-02-29.
  7. ^ Joshua Clottey's Professional Boxing Record. Retrieved on 2011-10-22.

External links[edit]

Title last held by
Antonio Margarito
IBF Welterweight Champion
August 2, 2008 – April 16, 2009
Title next held by
Isaac Hlatshwayo