Former world champion Joshua Clottey recorded a third straight win on Wednesday to put himself back in the title picture as the Ghanaian defeated Anthony Mundine on points in Australia.
The 36 year-old, whose last defeat was a twelve round loss to Filipino Manny Pacquiao in March 2010, won the battle of the light-middleweight contenders to inflict a sixth career loss on ‘The Man’ in his home country.
Mundine, 38, was coming into the contest on the crest of a wave having become the first fighter to score a stoppage over multi-weight world title holder ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley recently, but ultimately found Clottey’s style too much to handle and hit the canvas five times on his way to a 117-108, 116-108, 115-109 loss on the scorecards.
Clottey has now put himself in position for a possible interim tite challenge against Cuban puncher Erislandy Lara in the coming months, which could also turn into a full title chance if Floyd Mayweather eventually vacates the belt.
Earlier, Aussie hopeful Brad Pitt surrendered his 15-0 perfect C.V to New Zealand-born David Aloua in a cruiserweight battle that was halted in the fourth round with the 32 year-old in no position to continue.
Also on the bill at the Newcaslte Entertainment Centre, Ricky Hatton promoted Cameron Hammond improved to 9-0 with a routine victory over debutant Pramool Boonpok.
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