DiBella Entertainment’s welterweight sensation Joshua Clottey (28-1, 20 KO’s) is ranked #4 by the WBC, #5 by the WBO, and #7 by the IBF. Just as the high ratings indicate, Clottey believes he is capable of beating the best welterweights in the world, and having reeled off nine consecutive victories, the star from Ghana has his eyes set on WBO Welterweight Champion Antonio Margarito (33-4, 24 KO’s).
“I’m determined to become a world champion," says Clottey. "I have the skills, work ethic and heart to be a champion. I’ve dealt with many hardships throughout my career and getting a shot at Margarito and the title would make it all worth it. This is what I have been working toward my whole life. I have a lot of respect for Antonio Margarito as a champion. I know he always wants to fight the best. I am the best welterweight contender in the world. Margarito may want to fight an easier fight right now, but if Antonio wants to stay at welterweight, he can run, but he can’t hide.”
The lone blemish on Clottey’s record came back on November 29,1999 when he was disqualified for landing an 11th round low blow against current WBC welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir. Despite dominating the bout, the disqualification occurred without Clottey receiving any previous warning.
Although six years have passed, the sour taste of the loss still lingers for Clottey and remains a source of motivation to this day. "Since his loss to Baldomir, Joshua has come back with a vengeance,” said Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment. “Joshua has paid his dues and is deserving of a world title shot. A fight between two true warriors such as Margarito and Joshua would make a great fight.”