November 9, 2008 |
If this was indeed his final fight, 36-year-old Joe Calzaghe left his fans on their feet begging for more. The popular Welshman overcame a first-round knockdown to beat Roy Jones Jr. in a bloody unanimous decision last night, delighting a raucous crowd at Madison Square Garden in what Calzaghe claims will be his final bout. There is little left for him to prove after reigning as super-middleweight champion for more than a decade, unifying the division, defeating Philadelphia's Bernard Hopkins, and now felling Jones (52-5)
November 5, 2007 |
Now that Joe Calzaghe has beaten all comers in the super-middleweight ranks, he is targeting light-heavyweight Bernard Hopkins. "He's got no way out of this," Frank Warren, Calzaghe's promoter, said yesterday after the unbeaten Welshman captured the WBA and WBC super-middleweight belts in Cardiff, Wales, from Mikkel Kessler, of Denmark, to go with the WBO title he has held for 10 years. "Whatever way he wants it he can have it as long as Joe gets well paid," Warren said. "So there's no excuses.
April 19, 2008 |
Never shy to create theater, Bernard Hopkins made a prediction yesterday. After matching Joe Calzaghe with a weight of 173 pounds for their light-heavyweight fight tonight at the Thomas & Mack Arena in Las Vegas, a shirtless Hopkins pointed at Calzaghe's abdomen and told his opponent, "I'm going to bust your ribs. " Then Hopkins held up five fingers on one hand and two on the other. Seven rounds. The 43-year-old Hopkins, 48-4-1 in his career, thinks he'll do in the undefeated Calzaghe, a southpaw from Wales, in seven rounds.
November 10, 2007 |
Bernard Hopkins, who was issued a challenge this week by the promoter of undisputed super-middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe, said yesterday that preliminary arrangements for a bout had begun. "I want to have the fight in midsummer, and we want to close this deal before the year ends," said the 42-year-old Hopkins, who improved to 48-4-1 with 32 knockouts in July after taking a unanimous decision from Winky Wright. Hopkins, a Philadelphian who holds the prestigious Ring Magazine light-heavyweight belt after spending more than a decade as a middleweight champion, was in New York yesterday in his role as president of Golden Boy East, which falls under Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions Inc. The company is putting on a show tonight at Madison Square Garden that features a World Boxing Association welterweight championship bout between Miguel Cotto (30-0, 25 KOs)
February 6, 2009 |
Former super-middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe retired from boxing yesterday with a perfect 46-0 record. "I've got no other goals to go for," he said. "That's why I am calling it a day. " The 36-year-old Welshman outpointed Roy Jones Jr. in November in the last fight of his 16-year pro career. Calzaghe held the WBO super middleweight world title for more than 10 years, unifying the title against Mikkel Kessler in April 2007, before moving up to light heavyweight to fight Bernard Hopkins and Jones.
April 21, 2008 |
His fighter was not bruised or bloodied, but Freddie Roach knew what so many others at the Thomas and Mack Center did late Saturday night - at age 43, Bernard Hopkins should hang it up. He has had a stellar career, but eventually not even one of the greatest boxers of his generation can beat Father Time. On Saturday, the Philadelphia native lost his light-heavyweight title in a split decision to 36-year-old southpaw Joe Calzaghe of Newbridge, Wales. Hopkins vehemently disagreed with the decision.
July 23, 2008 |
Joe Calzaghe postponed his proposed September fight at Madison Square Garden against Roy Jones Jr. because of a sprained right wrist. Jones accepted the delay, telling the Associated Press yesterday that he wants the Welshman to be at his best when they finally fight. Calzaghe, 36, who is unbeaten in 45 professional fights during a 15-year career, injured his hand Sunday in training for the Sept. 20 bout while punching pads. Calzaghe, who relinquished his WBC super-middleweight title to fight Jones, is "absolutely distraught," according to his father and trainer, Enzo Calzaghe.
June 2, 2000 |
The University of Florida got its second million-dollar coach this week when it gave men's basketball coach Billy Donovan a $1.2 million-per-year contract extension for leading the Gators to the national championship game. Donovan signed a five-year, $6 million deal to join Florida football coach Steve Spurrier ($2 million per year) in the million-dollar category. Donovan's contract is among the richest for basketball coaches. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski earns about $1.6 million a year.
August 6, 2008 |
Kelly Pavlik looked confused as he came to the podium in the back room of Chickie's and Pete's restaurant. After his promoter, Todd Duboef, introduced him, the 6-foot-2 Pavlik bent over to speak into the microphone, but couldn't be heard. Former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, sitting to Pavlik's left, got up from his chair and adjusted the microphone to Pavlik's height. "This is the only time I'm going to help you," Hopkins said, as the audience laughed. The gesture was simple, but certainly symbolic.
April 4, 2008 |
This most likely will be it. When Philadelphia legend Bernard Hopkins fights undefeated Joe Calzaghe on April 19 in Las Vegas, it probably will be the final bout of his 20-year professional career. Get your tickets now. "Whether I want to retire or not, I'm forced to retire because I ran out of opponents," Hopkins said. Although Hopkins would not definitively say he will never fight again - he'll save that "big, big announcement" for after he faces Calzaghe - he said that not only is there no one left for him to fight, but that he also has other interests to pursue.