Former IBF World Welterweight Champion Joshua Clottey believes Ghana boxers are don’t win fights abroad due to their arrogance.
Clottey’s comments come on the heels of another major defeat for Ghana boxing when previously-undefeated Duke Micah was knocked out in three short rounds by WBO World Bantamweight Champion John Riel Casimero on September 26.
The loss was a surprise to many as Micah was expected to at least extend Casimero, if not win. Instead, he looked lost in the ring, getting dropped in the second round before the Filipino put him away for good in the third.
Some believe Micah’s loss may have been due to shoddy work by his trainers. But Clottey, one of the most respected welterweights of his era, thinks otherwise.
“As soon as these Ghanaian boxers get to America and start making a few dollars after fighting, they forget to ask questions,” Clottey told Sammy Bartels in an interview on MX24GH.
“They forget to ask for advice from the senior ones. When you call them to offer help they don’t pick up their calls, you can send them messages but won’t get a response.”
According to Clottey, today’s generation believes they possess enough knowledge to go out and be successful on their own.
“Sometimes you need to seek advice from the senior ones because I have fought Zab Judah who was a champion in two different weight classes and was undisputed and won the title,” said Clottey.
“They have to ask questions, if they don’t understand anything they can ask the senior ones. The boxers that we don’t trust and even know yet are the ones who will become champions.”