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Clottey responds to Cintron!

By Flattop

Upon hearing that his mandatory challenger, Kermit Cintron (30-2, 27 KOs), has passed on fighting him, IBF Welterweight Champion Joshua Clottey (35-2, 20 KOs) has issued the following exclusive statement to Fightnews:

I am disappointed to hear that Kermit Cintron will not fight me. It is the second time he has avoided facing me in the ring, and it is something I cannot comprehend. To be given the opportunity to fight for a world championship and to say “no” means that his fear is stronger than his desire. I have always kept my desire, my hunger. I have always been ready to fight any opponent who is put in front of me. I come from a proud tradition of boxers from Ghana. Men like Azumah Nelson and Ike Quartey. Like them, I am a warrior. And I will defend my title against any man. Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, Andre Berto, Shane Mosley, Manny Pacquiao—I will face them one at a time and I will still be champion. If these fighters want to call themselves the best, and if they want the fans to believe they are the best, then they should stand up and meet me in the ring. For myself and for my homeland, I will be ready to defend my title.”

Joshua Clottey, IBF welterweight champion

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