Clottey vs. Margarito II is The Right Fight For Boxing; Miller on Kings Hall Bill

By Mike Cassell -The Philadelphia Boxing Report - It wasn’t long ago that welterweight Antonio Margarito 37 – 5 (27 KO’s) was the most dodged boxer in the game. Well, he is going to have to move over, because the dodged will be doing some pretty nifty foot work of his own. With all the big money out there for the heir apparent to the Mayweather dynasty, Joshua “HITTER” Clottey 35 -2 (20 KO’s) will have to get in line and do all the things Margarito had to do to get his day in the sun. Although it was close for a while, and it ended because of an accidental head butt, it was only a matter of time before Ghanaian fighter Joshua Clottey would have knocked out Zab Judah..

Clottey is a stalking brawler who will fracture his knuckles, trying to break his opponent down, without ever thinking twice. That very thing happened back in 2006 when he faced Antonio Margarito in Atlantic City New Jersey. Although the Cotto knockout of Quintana got all the press, the fight between Margarito and Clottey was a spectacular battle. Clottey gave Margarito all he could eat, out punching Margarito for the first half of the fight.

A fractured right knuckle slowed Clottey down just enough to allow Margarito to win a 12 round decision. This was before Margarito lost to Paul Williams and he had that air of invincibility around him. He was the guy that no one wanted to fight. He was the underground welterweight that Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya were dodging, and it would be a cold day before he was holding all the cards. Well it must be snowing in Tijuana, because Margarito is shuffling a full deck, and the big names are making their way to the table. After beating Miguel Cotto into submission, he has further increased his reputation as the baddest man on the planet. Most will agree, but if you ask Joshua Clottey, he will just smile, and wait his turn. You see, Clottey knows Margarito very well. And while future opponents are being thrown about, Clottey’s name is mysteriously missing from the short list, and the long list. The IBF welterweight champion of the world isn’t even a consideration right now, and that’s not good for the welterweight division and it certainly isn’t good for boxing.

Maybe no one deserves a pass more than Margarito. He has had to take the back seat to the upper echelon for years, but what eventually got him to the very heights he achieved will be the only thing that keeps him there. That is a very good reason why he should fight Clottey soon. What made Oscar De La Hoya so great was not that he won every fight, because he obviously didn’t. He just fought everybody. If you had a belt and you were a challenge, De La Hoya wanted you in the ring. It is the reason why he is so popular today. His legacy is fully intact. Whether he fights Pacqioua or Margarito, it makes no difference. While Margarito is holding the cards, he should be very careful not to become the very thing he detests. Clottey is a world champion who deserves another shot. This is a very easy fight to make. Both fighters are with Top Rank and the true boxing fan who watched their epic battle in 2006, knows that this would be a tremendous fight, and if Margarito were to beat him again, a tremendous accomplishment.

A recent “Clottey Free” poll asked, who should Margarito fight next?

A. Paul Williams,

B. Oscar De La Hoya,

C. Floyd Mayweather,

D. Zab Judah

E. Miguel Cotto.

Yes, I said Zab Judah. All except Judah would be interesting, but let’s look a bit deeper. De La Hoya wants Pacqioua. The Paul Williams fight is good but not great. Floyd Mayweather is retired and Cotto simply wouldn’t mentally be ready to take that ride right away. Styles make fights, and two world champions with a stalking, punching style, and 473 combined rounds of carnage is the recipe for pugilistic brilliance.

Miller on Kings Hall Bill

The pugulistic arts return to Stoke’s Kings Hall on 13th September courtesy of local promoters Impact Boxing who are hosting their latest event at the venue. The evening’s proceedings will include seven scheduled bouts with local lads Scott Lawton and Scott Miller headlining once again.

Miller now successful in his first five starts in the professional ring has so far disposed of three of his opponents within the distance, the latest being Ade Adewole in the second round at Trentham Gardens in June. Consequently, Miller is fast becoming a firm favourite with the Kings Hall crowd and is already being tipped for honours in the sport.

Lawton with 23 wins 4 losses and 1 draw, remains one of the most technically gifted lightweights in the country and the Werrington fighter continues to seek a route to challenging for the British title once more.

Opponents have yet to be confirmed for both men and also for the other five boxers making up the home contingent. Kings Hall regular Jimmy Doherty and Werrington heavyweight Alex Ibbs complete the Potteries representation. Chris Goodwin, Paul Economides and Omar Gumati all of Chester complete the line up.

Tickets priced £45 (ringside), £25 and £10 (child concessions) are available from Impact Boxing on 07971824337.

Article posted on 06.08.2008

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