Two-time former super middleweight world champ, Anthony Mundine (46-5, 27 KOs) has announced that his next fight will be against former IBF welterweight titlist, Joshua Clottey (37-4, 22 KOs) on April 2 at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in Mundine’s native Australia.
Mundine, who claims to have lost half a million dollars in his winning effort against Shane Mosley last November, expects to use Clottey as a stepping stone to next-level fights against the true stars of the junior middleweight division. He also expects to keep losing money on his self-promoted shows.
“I’m losing money out of my pocket in order to chase my dreams, but I know if I get my dream then that will be reimbursed,” Mundine told the Newcastle Herald.
“I’m going to take a few hits in the pocket before I start to make some money…Maybe two more fights – the Clottey fight and the one after.
“But once I start fighting guys like Cotto or a (Canelo) Alvarez, that’s when you start getting paid and if you beat Pacquiao and Mayweather you’re in the real money.
“But it’s not about the money to me, it’s about my legacy and legend I want to build and prove a lot of people wrong.”
Mundine last saw action in January, when he beat journeyman, Gunnar Jackson, via one-sided unanimous ten-round decision.
Ghana’s Clottey, who is 1-3 in world title fights, will be fighting in just his second bout after taking nearly two years away from the sport from 2011 to 2013.
Recognized for his 2008 technical decision win over Zab Judah and valiant losing efforts against Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto, Clottey is, perhaps, best known for a timid, lackluster one-sided defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in March of 2010.