‘I urinated blood after fighting Richard Gutierrez’ – Joshua Clottey recounts

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Ghanaian professional boxer, Joshua Clottey has revealed the toughest fight in his 24 years of a professional boxing career.

Joshua Clottey in an interview with Accra based FM station Angel FM revealed that his fight with Richard Gutierrez in an IBF Inter-Continental championship was the toughest fight of his career.

According to Clottey, the fight with the Colombian was so intense that he urinated blood after the boxing bout against Richard Gutierrez some 14 years ago at Chumash Casino Resort in California, USA.

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Clottey chalked some famous successes in the ring, notable among them were victories over Zab Judah and Richard Gutierrez. Despite overcoming Gutierrez test, he disclosed the pain he endured after the bout.

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“I fought Margarito, Zab Judah, Pacquaio, Cotto but my toughest test was Richard Gutierrez, I remember I urinated blood when the medics came for my urine samples for test. After that bout I vowed never to allow any of my children to take boxing as his or her profession” he told Accra based FM station Angel FM.

“In the round 4 of the bout, the guy was hitting me so hard I indicated to my corner to throw in the towel but my coach insisted I fight on…,” he said.

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After managing to complete the bout, Clottey was declared winner winning the IBF Inter-Continental welterweight title on 26th July 2006.

Clottey had a total fight of 47 and won 41 with 24 coming by way of knock out with 5 losses and was never stopped in any of his 5 defeats.

Gutierrez, who was handed his first professional defeat by Clottey, failed to make it to the top of the sport despite fighting 29 times after his bout with the Ghanaian.

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