Joshua Clottey has wasted little time in looking for a new opponent after Saturday’s split decision loss to Miguel Cotto, according to BoxingScene.com. Joshua Clottey made it clear he wanted a rematch with Miguel Cotto but he knows the likelihood of that fight happening in the immediate future is minimal. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is already starting work on making Miguel Cotto vs Manny Pacquiao for later this year. With that fight in the works, Clottey has moved on to Plan B: Paul Williams.
“I want to fight Paul Williams very, very much,” Clottey told BoxingScene.com. “I want to fight that guy. I want to fight Paul Williams. He’s a weak welterweight. He’s a weak welterweight so I want to fight him.”
One thing Joshua Clottey and Paul Williams have in common is that both are heavily avoided by many elite fighters. Neither has that star power that makes it worth the risk financially to step in the ring with either man. So it makes sense for this fight to happen.
For Joshua Clottey to call Paul Williams weak as a welterweight is stupid. First, it’s just not true. Second, if you are indeed going to fight this guy you should want to build him up. I don’t think Clottey needs to resort to this tactic just to get Williams to agree to fight him. Now if Clottey does in fact defeat Paul Williams, what’s the big deal? He was a weak welterweight anyway, right?
Paul Williams covers a lot of weight classes, with welterweight being his lowest, so Clottey may have just meant that Williams would be weakest at 147. Clottey could also have been speaking out of frustration after losing that close fight to Cotto on Saturday. Be careful what you wish for, Joshua.