2008-08-02 Joshua Clottey w tdec 9 Zab Judah, Palms Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF
2008-08-02 Joshua Clottey w tdec 9 Zab Judah, Palms Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Robert Byrd. Scorecards: 87-84, 86-85, 86-85. Contested for the vacant title after Antonio Margarito had handed in his belt.
Cottey forfeited his title on 16 April 2009 after signing for a fight against the WBO champion, Miguel Cotto. Further to that, Isaac Hlatshwayo and Delvin Rodriguez were contracted to settle the vacancy after boxing a debatable 12-round draw at the Emperor’s Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa on 17 November in an eliminating contest. Rodriguez had gone on to beat Shamone Alvarez (w pts 12 at the Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut on 6 March 2009).