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Clottey earns IBF title shot with unanimous decision over Alvarez

12/21/2007 - Boxing

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Joshua Clottey earned a shot at the IBF
welterweight championship, methodically pounding out a 12-round
unanimous decision over previously undefeated Shamone Alvarez on
Thursday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Clottey, from New York, won the IBF 147-pound title-elimination
bout by dominating the final eight rounds, walking through
Alvarez's offerings and landing jarring right leads to the head and
left hooks to the body.

Clottey is the IBF's No. 1 welterweight contender and in line to
fight that organization's current 147-pound champion, Kermit
Cintron.

Alvarez, from Atlantic City, N.J., couldn't match Clottey's
power and was less accurate, landing an average of nine punches per
round.

Clottey won by scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113 on the
three judges' cards. There were no knockdowns in the bout, but
Clottey jarred Alvarez several times with blows to the head.

Clottey, who challenged unsuccessfully for the WBO welterweight
championship last year, is 33-2 with 19 knockouts. Alvarez is 19-1
with 11 knockouts.

Clottey weighed in at 146 pounds, a half-pound more than
Alvarez.