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I am not sure if anyone likes boxing but just thought i would give abit of respect to the pride of wales super joe calzaghe after a brilliant win against dane mikel kessler tonght. Calzaghe is a true great and showed what a warrior he was tonight, full respect to joe calzaghe.
 

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I like boxing :)

Joe Calzaghe lives 12 miles away from me....

I've met a few people who know him too.

They say he is a really nice guy - great family man and he does a lot of good work in his community which is good.

So I am happy for him - he's had really good success and I hope he has plenty more too - he deserves it !
 

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Joe Calzaghe outpoints Kessler in Cardiff
At the Millennium Stadium


Joe Calzaghe was too fast, too experienced, and ultimately too good for a Viking
who proved to be a warrior in Cardiff in the early hours of this morning. But he
was unable to dethrone a modern ring master from Britain, who deserves every
accolade he ever receives.

Calzaghe should have been stopped by the power of some of the punches he
absorbed. Look at Calzaghe and you would not believe he could take them.

But Calzaghe is a one-off, and with the super-middleweight truly unified for the
first time in its 23-year history, Calzaghe can enjoy two more mega fight nights,
which will earn him an estimated 12 million pounds, before he finally hangs up his
gloves on a wonderful career, in which no one has found the measure of his ring
skills.


Undisputed champion: Calzaghe won an unanimous points decision

Calzaghe remains a boxer par excellence. The southpaw produced yet another
masterful demonstration of his skills to eviscerate Denmark's Mikkel Kessler on
points – unanimously on all three judges scorecards, and Kessler knew it at the
final bell – in a physical chess match which lived up to all expectations.

I had called it in my fight preview as a unanimous decision for the home fighter
after 12 tight rounds, and so it ultimately proved. I had Kessler winning four
rounds, with Calzaghe dominating the eight rounds he won through the middle
and later stages of the fight, when he discovered the method to create mayhem
for the Nordic visitor to Wales.

This was not a classic, but in terms of historical importance, it was a triumph
which will see Calzaghe bask in glory. It will also give him his pick of world
fighters to meet in his final 12 months of the sport.

When his bruised jaw recedes – and boy did that jaw take the hardest of
Kessler's punches at least a dozen times during the fight, Calzaghe can reflect on
why he is likely to be considered, with time, as the best British boxer in history.

Calzaghe, 35, who was roared on by a crowd of over 50,000 in the Millennium
Stadium, was taken the full championship distance by a very cool, very shrewd,
and brave fighter, but showed as the fight progressed that he was simply a class
above any opponent Kessler, previously unbeaten, had faced on 39 other
occasions in the square circle.

With the 21st defence of his WBO title, held for over 10 years, Calzaghe added
the WBA and WBC belts to prove beyond any reasonable argument that he is the
undisputed king of the 12-stone division.

Calzaghe said he has nothing left to prove at super-middleweight and wishes to
move to light-heavyweight to fight American Bernard Hopkins.

"That's it. I have taken this division by the scruff of the neck. You'll see. I'm going
to put on seven pounds and then you'll see some real destruction," he said.

"With any luck, Bernard Hopkins will come out of hiding. I'll go over there and fight
him in his back yard if he wants."

All Calzaghe's sceptics, of which there have been many along the years, will now
have to acknowledge his supremacy in this division, and the fact that he is
arguably the best fighter in the world at present.
 

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Don't always watch, but i follow various people closely. I'm really happy Calzaghe won. He's a great fighter and a Legend.
 

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i watched the fight iand i'm over the moon for joe, i've been a big fan of his for many years and i'm so glad he's finally getting the recognition he deserves not only is he a model pro and great ambassedor for british boxing but he's also the best pound for pound boxer in the world IMO and one of the best of all time
 

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christianity ronaldo said:
i got ina fite wit 3 polish boys on halloween
****indelighted cos i hate them boys
I sense a little love for the Polish
boys here - after all the way you write is closer to Polish than English !




Anyway...........

Calzaghe eyes beefing up for superfight with Hopkins


Joe Calzaghe beat Mikkel Kessler on points at the Millennium Stadium.


Joe Calzaghe is ready to move up to the light-heavyweight division after
outpointing Mikkel Kessler in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in the early hours
yesterday, with speculation that his next opponent might be the American
Bernard Hopkins.

British fans might prefer a domestic showdown between Calzaghe and Sheffield's
Clinton Woods, who holds the IBF version of the light-heavyweight crown, but
money from the US cable network HBO will play a key role in deciding whom
Calzaghe should face next - and HBO executives are known to be keen to see
Calzaghe face the longtime world middleweight champion Hopkins, whose last
two fights have been as a light heavyweight.


The promoter Frank Warren would press for the right to stage any contest in front
of another huge crowd in Cardiff, but Hopkins' ties with Oscar De La Hoya's
Golden Boy Promotions might also make a US venue a possibility. "I have tried
hard to make that fight for many years," said Warren. "He is a clever man and
knows how tough Joe would be for him. Actually, I believe Joe would win."

Warren did, however, add a note of warning. "Every time I have been close to a
deal, Hopkins has asked for so much money that it became impossible. He might
have to say he's prepared to fight Joe, but it means nothing if he then goes and
asks for crazy money."

By beating Kessler the Welshman added the WBA and WBC versions of the world
super-middleweight title to the WBO belt that he has held for more than 10
years. After his 44th professional win he said: "I'm moving on. I've done
everything at this weight, I've won all four belts. I will be 36 in March, and it has
been tough making the weight for so long. Now is the time to put on the extra
seven pounds and unleash hell in the light-heavyweight division.

"People think I have been good as a super-middleweight, but they have seen
nothing yet. I will be untouchable when I am able to carry those extra pounds
and not kill myself making 12st. I want to be a two-weight champion before I
quit."

Calzaghe has said he will not fight on for more than another year, though he
hardly looked a boxer in decline here in taking a tough fight 117-111, 116-112
and 116-112.
 

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on setanta the other night clinton woods was saying he would love to fight him but i don't think joe will go down that route although clinton owns the ibf light heavyweight title i think that would be a step backwards for joe

what do you think about roy jones jr? he's still knocking about
 

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I stayed up until 3am watching the fight on TV. It was great. The first 6 rounds were close and Kessler's right hook and uppercut always looked dangerous but Calzaghe controlled the 2nd half of the fight and had a clear points victory.

It was amazing to see nearly 50000 people packed into the Millenium Stadium for a boxing match and the atmosphere must have been electric.

What impressed me most is that even though Calzaghe took some big hits at the end of the fight he barely had a scratch on him whereas Kessler had a badly swollen eye - you could tell he'd been in a fight.

Calzaghe is now the undisputed Champion of the World and surely the next step is a step up in weight and a fight in Las Vegas with Bernard Hopkins.
 

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Roy jones is past it now and althougth he still carries something of a name, b-hop and chad dawson are the best fights for his leagcay. It's a pity he couldn't have fought jones three years ago.
 

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44 Straight wins is unbelieveable! Gona be a strong contender for BBC Sports Personality of the year but i think Hamilton will get it!

A true great boxer!
 

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Roy jones is past it now and althougth he still carries something of a name, b-hop and chad dawson are the best fights for his leagcay. It's a pity he couldn't have fought jones three years ago.
ahh yes but so is b-hop, the guy is 42 and he's lost his last couple of fights :(

i really wish joe could of got the big fights a few years ago when they all were in there prime, i would of fanceid joe knocking any of them out, and i still do
 

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Well b-hop has actually won his last couple of fight's, he moved upto 175 pounds and beat antonio tarver (the guy who koed roy jones) and then beat winky wright at a 170 catch weight.
To be fair i think joe beats alot of the guys between 160-175 pounds from the last few years, however i think roy jones would have beaten him as he was almost super human at his peak and one of the 30 best fighter's of all time.
 
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