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14.04.2008 Sports News

It`s my last chance...

By Ghanaian Chronicle

For Ghana's Joshua Clottey, the number one contender for the IBF Welterweight title, an opportunity has presented itself for him to annex the world title.

The prospective world champion is certain that the time to rule the world has come and he has purposed to grab the chance, come what may.

Few minutes after his arrival at the Kotoka International Airport last Friday, he told news men how anxious he is in order to lay claim to what destiny beckons for him.

Described as the 'gentleman's gentleman', he appeared at the arrival hall in a modest manner, dressed in a simple 'T' shirt over a pair of jeans to match, he granted interviews to the many pressmen who were available.

“Ghana waited for long for a world title, before Joseph Agbeko produced one, I think it is high time we honoured the country with more titles and I see myself as the next world title holder,” he said in plain words.

He added “It is my last chance, if it slips through my fingers, it will take me a long time to get this close to the world title again.”

Regarded as one of the finest in the World, bookmakers and connoisseurs of the fistic sports believe that his time to rule the world is long overdue.

The aura of invincibility that he carries has pushed many tough boxers away from him, but after defeating Jose Louis Cruz via a fifth round knockout in the US, his opponents have no choice but to face the humble boxer.

And for the next three weeks that he will be in the country, he will be keeping himself fit and trim, as he waits for the winner of the Miguel Cotto and Antonio Magarito for the IBF welterweight title this summer.

After two lopsided welterweight title fights last Saturday, at Boardwalk Hall, it's time for Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito to get it on in the ring.

Cotto battered Alfonso Gomez for five rounds to retain his WBA welterweight title and set up a fight with the new IBF champion Margarito

Earlier, Margarito dominated Kermit Cintron for the second time, and then knocked him out in the sixth round to win the IBF crown.

Before the Cruz clash, disaster struck Clottey in a crunch battle where he suffered a wrist injury against Magarito, but managed to fight on till the end of the 12 round bout, though he lost unanimously.

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