Joshua Clottey, the former IBF Welterweight Champion is undoubtedly one of the best boxers Ghana has produced in recent times. The fight that could have changed his life tremendously if he had won, was the fight against Manny Pacquiao.
After that historical fight, he has won a few bouts and currently preparing for maybe his last bout in December.
The boxing business is among the few sports that fetches a lot of money for the participants. And indeed, this sport has provided a source of livelihood for most Ghanaian sportsmen who hitherto would not have made it in another area. Joshua Clottey is among the few who has succeeded through this venture.
In Ghana, when one becomes successful and doesn’t take care of his family, he is seen as a worthless person. This belief got me scratching my head when recently Joshua granted an interview to GTV.
During the interview, Joshua said he is grateful to God for the success he has chalked as a boxer. He claimed he was the breadwinner of his family. I found this very soothing news.
Just the next day, I saw something that proved contrary to Clottey’s assertion. I was driving with a friend on the Chemu Road. We were heading to Accra Central. Just when we got to the Jebba Road junction, my friend pointed out to me a young man, probably in his late thirties. “That’s Joshua Clottey’s elder brother,” my friend said. He told me that he comes to the place almost every evening. “To do what?” I asked curiously. The answer that greeted my ears was simply unbelievable.
I was informed that he goes to the location to beg a food vendor for food. I was like this is serious. His dressing spoke a lot of someone who was really suffering to make ends meet. That topic dominated our conversation all the way to our destination. I wanted to know more. And more importantly why? Especially when I watched his accomplished boxer brother say on national television that he takes care of his family. For what I saw, I don’t think Clottey’s “help” extends to this brother of his.
As if there was more to still learn about this elder brother of Clottey, the next day, as we drove past the same spot, we met this guy at the roadside. We stopped and offered him a drive to his destination. As we drove on, my eyes were fixed on him. The striking resemblance with Joshua was tremendous. We spoke just for few minutes and we landed at his destination.
As he got off and thanked us for the ride, i couldn’t help but to feel pity for the man who is elder brother of one of Ghana’s boxing greats-Joshua Clottey.