Ghanaian boxer Joshua Clottey has rejected suggestions that he has retired from the sport following an extended inactive period.
The former IBF welterweight champion was last fought in 2019, knocking out Tanzania’s Azizi Mponda.
Since then, the boxer has yet to stage a fight that has sparked widespread reports he has called it quit from boxing.
But speaking on the tracker on Citi tv, the boxer said that reports were false as he offered, giving reasons behind his long term absence from the ring.
“I have not retired from boxing, but I am also not an active fighter. I am both. I feel like I am always in shape because I had a fight in 2019.
“I fought Azizi and Mphume, who are both young guys, but I stopped them. I can still fight, but Covid – 19 put brakes on what I was doing.
“I was a little scared of the Corona so I stopped coming to the gym,” The 43-year old said on The Tracker.
Joshua Clottey has a record of 47 bouts, winning and 41 and losing 5 with one fight declared a no contest.