At 38 years most boxers will be contemplating retirement, but former IBF welterweight champion, Joshua Clottey, has set for himself the target of reclaiming a world title before he calls it quits at age 41.
Clottey and his compatriot, Joseph Agbeko, also a former world champion, will begin the quest to reclaim world titles when they return to the ring in grand style as headline acts for the “Legendary Night Boxing” bill slated for April 29 at the Accra Sports.
The bill tagged, “Legendary Night Boxing” is produced by Fresh King Entertainment (FKE), Box Office Sports Promotions (BOSP) in partnership with Supersports will see Agbeko, 36, take-on 24-year-old Filipino brawler Cris Alfante over 10 rounds in a bantamweight contest while Clottey, 38, engages 37-year-old Brazilian, Anderson Clayton in a 10-round International middleweight bout.
The two boxers, Clottey, 38, and Agbeko, 36, made staunch defences of their ages when they faced the media at the launch of the Legendary Night Boxing bill which took place yesterday in Accra.
According to Clottey, who made his professional debut in 1995, he entertained thoughts of retiring following the death of his long-time trainer, Godwin Nii Dzanie alias Alloway but all such thoughts have been banished as he devotes the remaining three years of his career as a tribute to Alloway.
Clottey said he was delighted to be returning to fight in Ghana after a 10-year sojourn which has seen him fight the best boxers across the globe vowing to give fans a brilliant performance.
Conversely, his compatriot Agbeko, who is 12 years older than his opponent, quoting boxing legend Azumah Nelson said that their meeting will be a “father and son” affair.
“It is going to be a father and son game, although the sport is not about age,” the three-time former world champion said.
“Age matters a bit because you can’t defeat nature, I am not as speedy and aggressive as I was 10 years ago but in my mind I am young; I work hard in the gym, and I live a healthy lifestyle, so I am very fit.”
The Legendary Night Boxing bill would also Emmanuel “Game Boy” Tagoe make a mandatory defence of his WBA International lightweight title against Mzonke Fane from South Africa while world-title prospect George “Red Tiger” Ashie fights Cid Ribeiro from Brazil.
The bouts will be broadcast live by SuperSport on the DStv and GOtv networks to over 2.9 million viewers across Africa while tickets range between GHC 15 and GHC 150.
Source: Graphic Online
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