Cotto Invites Clottey To His Annual Madison Square Garden Party
- Posted on Sun, May 24th, 2009 by Ja Dawson
- Boxing Tickets
Alas, after a few weeks of one-sided fights and meaningless alphabelt face-offs, June 13 can’t come sooner. For my Boriqua friends and many others, the day will be a festive moment, landing on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City. For my fellow boxing fans, it represents an annual show at Madison Square Garden, starring Puerto Rico’s leading boxer. Felix Trinidad started the tradition in the 90′s and Miguel Cotto (33-1, 27 KOs) has carried on the tradition.
This all sounds like a little too much for the Ghanaian-born Joshua Clottey (35-2, 20 KOs) to overcome, right?
I think so, but it may not be as daunting as it appears. Although Clottey will be facing Cotto in his "home away from home" at the Garden, he won’t be too far from his adopted hometown of the Bronx, NY. Expect Clottey’s rooting section to be easily drowned out by Cotto’s fans, but don’t expect him to be psyched out fighting in the heart of New York City on the eve of Nuyoricans’ biggest party.
Clottey’s biggest concern will be between those ropes, not with the crowd. In Cotto, he’ll be facing the most skilled opponent of his career. Cotto will also be the hardest puncher and most accomplished fighter that he’s faced. A resume that includes Antonio Margarito (who they both lost to) and victories over current or former champions including Ricardo Torres, Paul Malignaggi, Carlos Quintana, Zab Judah (Clottey owns one too), and Shane Mosley is surpassed by few.
Cotto is a solid favorite in this fight but he’s facing a legitimate, strong welterweight in his physical prime in Clottey. It will be interesting to see how Cotto responds to his first real challenge since his blood-letting at the "illegally wrapped" hands of Antonio Margarito. His tune-up against the over-matched Michael Jennings in February was merely a televised sparring session. Clottey is no sparring partner. He will actually punch back, and with bad intentions. He will block punches. His "ear-muff" defense is often tighter than security around President Obama.
However, when it’s all said and done, I predict that Miguel Cotto will be too dynamic an offensive fighter for the often-methodical Clottey to overcome. And the partisan Madison Square Garden will give him a significant "home-ring" advantage if the fight goes to the scorecards.
Miguel Cotto Will Emerge Victorious Via Hard-Fought Unanimous Decision Over 12 Rounds. What do you think?