Clottey plans comeback at 160

Nearly two years since his last bout, former 147-pound titlist Joshua Clottey will return to the ring. Ed Mulholland/US Presswire

Former welterweight titlist Joshua Clottey lost back-to-back decisions to Miguel Cotto (2009) and Manny Pacquiao (2010) in world title bouts and then all but disappeared.

Since the fight with Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium in March 2010, Clottey has fought just once, a second-round knockout of Calvin Green in November 2011.

But now the 35-year-old Clottey (36-4, 22 KOs), a native of Ghana based in New York, is planning a return, as a middleweight, after signing with Star Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia.

"We're very excited to welcome Joshua Clottey to the Star Boxing Team," DeGuardia said in announcing the signing on Friday. "He's fought the very best in the world including Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto and he fits very favorably in the mix in the top 10 middleweights in the world. I've watched Joshua for many years and have always been very impressed by his power and aggressive style."

Clottey has faced other big names besides Pacquiao and Cotto. In 2006, he lost a decision to Antonio Margarito in a welterweight title fight. In 2007, he hammered the late Diego Corrales for a lopsided 10-round decision in what would be Corrales' final fight. In 2008, he won a ninth-round technical decision and a vacant welterweight title against Zab Judah, but he wound up vacating the belt in order to challenge Cotto for his version of the title and dropped a split decision.

The first fight of Clottey's new deal is scheduled to take place Sept. 14 in Huntington, N.Y. He'll fight a scheduled 10-rounder at 156 pounds with his opponent slated to be Dashon Johnson (14-12-3, 5 KOs).