Tuscon AZ (October 29th, 2015)– The former welterweight beltholder who lost to Manny Pacquiao will face Gabe Rosado on Dec. 19 in the main event of a HBO Latino tripleheader, Clottey’s promoter, Joe DeGuardia, in. Tuscon, Ariz. on HBO Latino.
Clottey, 38, defeated Jorge Silva via unanimous decision in May, a victory that followed a six-knockdown pummeling of Anthony Mundine last year. The Ghanian’s last high-profile fight was the 2010 loss to Pacquiao, but he’s shined in other TV fights. Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) beat Zab Judah for a vacant title in 2008, dropped a razor-thin split decision to Miguel Cotto in 2009 and also put on a good fight in a loss to Antonio Margarito in 2006.
He’s far removed from those performances, but with his style, defense and technical skills, could make for an intriguing player in the 154-pound division.
Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) has now lost four of his last five fights (one no contest), with three of those defeats coming by stoppage. The rugged Philadelphian is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport, but would have a tough assignment against Clottey, who possesses a high guard tight defense.
Rosado was in talks to face James Kirkland on HBO in December, but Kirkland wasn’t happy with the money and the fight fell by the wayside. This is a nice consolation prize for the 29-year-old.
Yunieski Gonzalez, who is coming off a controversial decision loss to Jean Pascal in July, will face undefeated Ukrainian Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in another televised bout, DeGuardia said. Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) came forward and threw big shots against Pascal in one of the best TV fights of the year. The Cuban suffered his first defeat, but greatly increased his stock with the performance.
Shabranskyy (14-0, 12 KOs) packs a big punch but hit the deck twice in his last outing before putting away Paul Parker in the third round. He will be taking a giant leap in class vs. Gonzalez.
The third TV bout is expected to be an IBF light heavyweight eliminator between Sullivan Barrera and Igor Mikhalkin. The winner will be the mandatory challenger to Sergey Kovalev.
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