“The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome badluck” a quote by a famous writer Channing Pollock.
Joshua Clottey has been on strings of bad luck against highly regarded fighters on which he was close to winning against them. He was winning his title fight against Carlos Baldomir when he was penalized for an intentional head butt resulting for a disqualification loss in the 10th round. It was his first loss after 20 fights and ended in a very controversial decision. Clottey went undefeated for 11 fights in which he won 10 of them including an IBF intercontinental title by former undefeated Richard Gutierrez and a No contest fight against Steve Martinez. Those streaks earn him a fight against WBO champion Antonio Margarito. The Margarito fight was Clottey’s first title shot and after he broke his hand in the fourth round he was able to give Margarito a fight and went to twelve rounds but lost by unanimous decision. The fight made Clottey’s market value a notch higher after displaying his ability to take the fight and display his granite chin against high level of competition.
After Margarito, Clottey had two notable fights against Diego Corrales and Zab Judah earning him his first Welterweight title. His last fight was with Miguel Cotto on which he was able to give Cotto some problems with his combinations and defense even if he was knocked down on the first round. He could have won the fight but in the later rounds he stops throwing punches and lost to a controversial split decision.
They say it comes in threes and after all the strings of badluck Joshua Clottey got his justly reward and will now fight against the no.1 pound per pound fighter in the world. Who would have thought that after losing to Cotto 7 months later he is now penciled to face Manny Pacquiao on one of his biggest payday ever and perform in front of 50,000 screaming fans in Dallas. We may thought Joshua Clottey is really lucky to be part of the mega Manny sweepstakes but it’s really not luck it’s what we called hardwork and determination and Clottey has rightfully in every way deserves to be on that position.
This would be Manny’s toughest fight up to date because unlike his previous fights Clottey has good defense and is a bigger puncher who could impose his will against Manny.
Channing Pollock defines ability and determination to overcome badluck but we also have to see that right from the very start he emphasize great men and Joshua Clottey rightfully in any way fits the bill.
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