- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Former welterweight titleholder Joshua Clottey has been chronically inactive, popping up only occasionally in the ring in recent years.
In fact, since his non-effort in a near-shutout decision loss to Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium in March 2010, Clottey has fought just twice -- easy wins against nondescript opponents -- once in 2011 and once 2013.
Now the 36-year-old Clottey (37-4, 22 KOs), a native of Ghana based in New York, is scheduled to make another one of his rare ring appearances.
He is slated to face former super middleweight titlist Anthony Mundine (46-5, 27 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round junior middleweight fight on April 2 in Newcastle, Australia, Mundine’s home country.
"It's an excellent opportunity for Joshua, and we are glad that after extended negotiations with Brendan Bourke from BOXA Promotions this fight is officially on,” Joe DeGuardia, Clottey’s latest promoter, said. “He's been training since his last victory in September looking for a big fight and Mundine presents a high risk/high reward type of fight. A win over Mundine will put him right back on track for a major fight in the United States."
Clottey is far removed from his career-best win, a ninth-round technical decision to claim a vacant welterweight title against Zab Judah in 2008. Clottey never defended the belt, vacating in order to challenge Miguel Cotto for a different version of the 147-pound title. Cotto outpointed Clottey in a close fight in 2009 and then Clottey faced Pacquiao.
"I am now fighting at my best weight, 154 pounds, and Anthony Mundine is one stop on my road to the world championship,” Clottey said.