Friday, January 22, 2010


With just seven weeks left until the biggest fight of his career, former welterweight champion Joshua Clottey is currently without a trainer. According to reports, Clottey's trainer, Godwin Nii Dzanie Kotey, and assistant trainer, Daniel Clottey, have been denied a visa by the US Embassy in Accra. "An officer looked into the documents that I had with me and he just wrote something that they [were] going to do their investigations and give me a call...I don't know what investigations they want to carry out," Kotey revealed to Nathaniel Attoh of Joy Sports.

It's rumored that Clottey's March 13th bout with Manny Pacquiao could be in jeopardy if the problem isn't resolved soon. "We are very disappointed because we need to train. Now Joshua is all alone in the US and even if he is training, there is no supervision," Kotey would inform Prince Dornu-Leiku at East Side Boxing. "You need time to prepare in boxing. Even the day Joshua was notified for the fight was already too short for a fight of such magnitude. He needs at least four months to prepare for a big fight like this."

Clottey himself is expected to return to Ghana to try and resolve the problem and help speed up whatever investigations are necessary. Whether or not this will have an effect of Clottey's training remains to be seen, but with or without his longtime trainer, it's highly doubtful that Clottey would pull out of a fight that will earn his biggest payday.


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