|Birth Place||Accra, Ghana|
|Pro Record||39-5 22 KOS|
Watch Retrospective on Clottey
Former IBF world Champion, fought Manny Pacquiao, Zab Judah, Miguel Cotto
Joshua played Soccer as a youth in his native Ghana as did his Father. He took up Boxing with his two brothers, Emmanuel and Judas, who also became Professional Boxers. Joshua moved first to England and then the United States to further his professional career. Joshua is a tough, well schooled Boxer who’s attributes are his speed, ring savvy, power, stamina, and chin. He won his first twenty professional fights with 14 coming by way of knockout. This led to his first chance at a Regional title against former world champion Carlos Baldomir on Nov. 29th, 1999. Joshua was on his way to winning a decision when the Referee controversially disqualified him for head butting, a decision viewed by many as rather dubious.
Joshua went on to win his next ten fights including his first Regional belt, the WBC Continetal Americas title on Dec. 3rd, 2005, a 10 round decision over tough Marcos Primera. This led to his first world title challenge against Antonio Margarito for the WBO Welterweight title on Dec. 2nd, 2006. Joshua broke his hand early in the match but showed his grit by fighting on and losing a very close decision. Clottey then defeated the late Diego Corrales by decision in what would be Corrales’ last fight before his untimely death in a Motorcycle accident. A win over contender Shamone Alvarez led to Joshua’s second try at a world title against Zab Judah for the vacant IBF Welterweight title on Aug. 2, 2008. Clottey captured the title with a unanimous decision win over Judah.
Clottey then fought Miguel Cotto in a memorable battle at historic Madison Square Garden for the WBO Welterweight Title on June 13th, 2009. In a memorable back and forth fight, Clottey dropped a highly disputed split decision to Cotto although many at ringside thought he had won.
Joshua’s biggest moment in his career came when he challenged seven division champion Manny Pacquaio March 13th, 2010, at famed Dallas Cowboy Stadium. It was not to be that night as Clottey dropped a unanimous decision to Pacquiao.
Joshua took some time off and came back with a knockout victory over Calvin Green on Nov. 19th, 2011. Joshua had a lengthy layoff and then signed with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, returning with a decision win on Sept. 14th, 2013 against the durable Dashon Johnson. Joshua then ventured to the land down under, Australia, and took on hometown hero and former WBA Light Middleweight champion Anthony Mundine and turned in what may have been his finest performance to date by completely dominating Mundine in his own backyard. Clottey knocked down Mundine numerous times during the fight en route to a huge win capturing the WBA International Light Middleweight championship belt. Most recently Joshua won a 10 round decision over tough Jorge Silva on May 9, 2015 underneath the Canelo Alvarez-James Kirkland bout in Houston, TX.