Former world champion Anthony Mundine believes victory over seasoned Ghanaian Joshua Clotty can possbily set up a big showdown with Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez later in the year.
The 38 year-old recently confirmed that he will oppose one-time welterweight king Clottey on April 2 at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in New South Wales as both fighters look to extend their two-fight winning streaks.
“Joshua Clottey is a solid fighter with great credentials,” Mundine told World Boxing News on Monday.
“I very much looking forward to the challenge of sharing the ring with him. I know it will be a tough fight, but it is a great one for the fans and myself to keep me working towards my goal of facing the best out there.”
Mundine will have one eye on the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on March 8 as ‘The Man’ is optimistic that Alvarez can come through compatriot Alfredo Angulo to open up the potential for negotiations between the pair. After defeating Rigoberto Alvarez via a unanimous decision back in 2011, Mundine is hopeful of snaring his younger, but more well-known brother for a high-profile revenge attempt at 154lbs.
“I think Alvarez v Angulo is a good fight. It’s two punchers facing each other, but I think Saul boxes better and that can pull him through,” said Mundine.
“I would love the opportunity to fight Saul in the future. He is a great champion with solid power and skill and I think it would have the makings of an entertaining fight for the fans, especially with me having beaten his brother.
“It would be good to begin talks after my next fight. but that’s not up to me at this point,” he continued. “But I just got to keep winning and dominate my opposition, then hopefully I’ll get my chance to fight a champion like him.”
Renold Quinlan, David Aloua and George Kambosos Jr are being lined up to appear on the Mundine v Clottey undercard – with more announcements set to follow in the next couple of weeks.
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