The stage is set for the return of former welterweight world champion Joshua Clottey. Clottey, and opponent Mfaume Mfaume of Tanzania, both made weight ahead of their showdown tonight in Accra’s Bukom Boxing Arena.
The 41-year-old Clottey, 39-5 (22 KOs) weighed in at 157lbs and 26-year-old Mfaume, 14-5-2 (6 KOs), at 157.6lbs. The bout will be featured on a stacked card, organized by Box Office Promotions and televised by African network giant, SuperSport.
This will be Clottey’s first bout since December 2015, when he lost a spirited decision to Gabriel Rosado in a middleweight contest. The former IBF world titlist plans to campaign at 154lbs and is targeting WBA and IBF world super welterweight champion “Swift” Jarrett Hurd.
“I’m very excited [to fight in Ghana],” said Clottey, who lost fought in his native country in 2002. “Fighting in front of my people is what motivates me. I want to fight well, for them to see that I’m still a great fighter.”
Clottey says this fight will determine whether he continues to box.
“It depends on how I look in the ring,” he told Prince Dornu-Leiku of Dornu’s Corner. “If I struggle, then I have to call it quits. But I’m sure that it’s going to be easy. I’ve never watched my opponent’s fights. But I know who I am and what I can do. So I have to beat him convincingly.”
According to Clottey, he’s remained in the gym and still feels strong. The goal is to win another world title.
“I’ve done a lot of sparring and what I realized is that I don’t have a lot of wear and tear,” Clottey said. “I still feel strong. And the person I’m targeting is Jarrett Hurd. I think his style is a good matchup for me and if he gives me the chance, I’m going to beat him.”
Friday night’s card also features a lightweight bout between Ghanaians Sheriff Quaye (17-1-1, 10 KOs) and Michael Ansah (16-9-2, 10 KOs) for the national title.
Ghana’s Abraham Tabul (14-1-1, 12 KOs) will take on American Patrick Ferguson (14-0-1, 11 KOs) for the WBO Africa world title.
Below are final weights for the main bouts:
Ghana National Lightweight Championship, 12 Rounds
Sheriff Quaye: 134.7lbs
Michael Ansah: 134.6lbs
Super Welterweight Contest, 10 Rounds
Joshua Clottey: 157lbs
Mfaume Mfaume: 157.6lbs
WBO Africa Cruiserweight Championship, 12 Rounds
Abraham Tabul: 190lbs
Patrick Ferguson: 199.5lbs