For the past few years, Australia’s Anthony Mundine, a former super middleweight titlist, has talked about coming to America and getting a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Nobody ever took him seriously because he never had a chance to get a fight with Mayweather. But now he definitely won’t get that fight, and even he must realize that by now -- not after former welterweight titleholder Joshua Clottey, who was fighting for only the third time since his 2010 virtual shutout loss to Manny Pacquiao, traveled to Newcastle, Australia, and beat him up on Wednesday.
Clottey (38-4, 22 KOs) dropped Mundine (46-6, 27 KOs) five times -- count ‘em, five times -- in their junior middleweight fight en route to a unanimous decision.
Clottey scored knockdowns in the third, two in the sixth and one each in the eighth and 10 rounds to win on scores of 117-108, 116-108 and 115-109.
It was the most notable victory Clottey has had since he won a vacant welterweight belt by ninth-round technical decision against Zab Judah in 2008.
“I am thrilled that Joshua was victorious,” Star Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia said. “I knew when I signed Joshua to a promotional agreement he would still be a major force in the junior middleweight division. Joshua has the ability to defeat any junior middleweight in the world, and this win sets up potentially major fights for Joshua with the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara and my junior middleweight champion, Demetrius Andrade. I am looking forward to Joshua's journey back to the world championship.”