Joshua Clottey said today his chief trainer will be Godwin Kotey of Bukom, Ghana, for the upcoming showdown against Manny Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on March 13. Clottey last worked with Kotey in 2004. “Godwin is a very famous trainer in Ghana,” said Vinny Scolpino, manager of Clottey. “This is the trainer Joshua has been asking for to prepare for Pacquiao. It will be Godwin who puts together our game plan.” Kotey will arrive into New York on Friday night. Team Clottey will then prepare to head for training headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Pacquiao vs. Clottey is scheduled March 13 and will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
Former world champion Kendall Holt of Paterson, N.J. will take on Kaizer Mabuza of Johannesburg in an IBF Junior Welterweight Eliminator at Bally’s Atlantic City, N.J. on Saturday, Feb 27. This will be Holt’s first bout since losing his world title to Timothy Bradley last year in Montreal. Holt vs. Mabuza will be on a Top Rank Live! Fox Sports Net event featuring Mike Jones of Philadelphia against Henry Bruseles of Puerto Rico.
Top Rank announced today that middleweight Matt Korobov of Orutan, Russia will be on the undercard on the Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 Pay Per View card on Feb. 13 at the Las Vegas Hilton. Korobov, managed by Cameron Dunkin and trained by Kenny Adams, will be in a six-round bout.
The announce team of Rich Marotta and Barry Tompkins will be at ringside Saturday night in Mexico for the Top Rank Live! event at the Plaza de Torres Arroyo in Ciudad, Mexico. The popular and exciting Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce of Los Mochis, Mexico will rumble with Angky Angkota of Indonesia in the main event. Arce vs. Angkota will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net (FSN) and Fox Sports en Espanol. Marotta said he and Tompkins have worked as an announce team for 11 years. “We both love the sport and I think we have a great chemistry together,” Marotta said. “We have a good style of calling a fight, more of a conversation with each other, a give and go kind of a thing. We both a great respect for the athletes who get into the ring.”