Joe Calzaghe – The Serious Deal?


The retirement of Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe has been achieved with a combined reaction from fight supporters and media alike. On 1 aspect are those people who glance at Joe&#39s 46- file and deem him a &#39Hall of Fame certain Legend&#39. They stage to victories in excess of greats these types of as Chris Eubank, Roy Jones Junior and Bernard Hopkins as proof that Joe is at dwelling in elite corporation. “And in the reverse corner ….” there are those people who consider &#39continue to be at residence Joe&#39 created a padded 46- history battling domestic class fighters and &#39has beens&#39 in the consolation of his &#39own backyard&#39! They position to the likes of Tucker Pudwill and the two easy wins more than Mario Veit as evidence that Joe cruised by way of his job with no looking for the largest troubles out there. This posting intends to spotlight the positives and negatives of Joe&#39s job and to give an impartial conclusion on the &#39Satisfaction of Wales&#39 centered on reality, not rumour! Here goes, &#39permit&#39s get prepared to rumble&#39:


I look at the &#39large&#39 details of Joe&#39s career to be: –

• The unanimous points choice victory around Chris Eubank in October 1997, to get the vacant WBO Tremendous Middleweight belt. He place Eubank on the canvas in the 1st and received the contest by 116-111, 118-110 and 118-109 on the judges scorecards.

• The UD &#39Shut out&#39 of the formerly unbeaten American Jeff Lacy in March 2006. Lacy was getting dubbed as &#39the new Mike Tyson&#39 and was tipped to demolish Joe in a couple of rounds with his great electric power. What materialized was a master class, with Joe winning just about every round. At the conclusion of the battle Lacy was an complete mess after enduring the beating of his life. Quite a few men and women have considering that questioned Lacy&#39s credentials, but prior to the combat there were several who couldgue with his 21- report.

• The UD gain over previously unbeaten Danish winner Mikkel Kessler in 2007. Kessler, with a 39- record of his very own, held the WBA and WBC Super Middlewight titles. His energy and youth were found by many as the critical to unlocking Joe. And so it appeared for the first 50 percent of the battle as Kessler rattled Joe. However, Calzaghe shifted his sport plan beautifully, turning the second 50 % in his favor and extremely cruising to victory.

• The break up choice victory above Bernard Hopkins past year. Joe arrived in for loads of stick for preventing the 43 year old American. He scraped a break up choice after currently being floored by Hopkins in the 1st. He struggled to accomplish versus the knowledgeable and &#39ring-crafty&#39 Hopkins, but did just more than enough to just take the earn. Hopkins appeared to hold and &#39tie up&#39 Joe at each individual option and his activity strategy virtually compensated off. Hopkins get above the hotly tipped Kelly Pavlik afterwards in the 12 months cemented the credibility of that victory and manufactured a mockery of those people who said Pavlik would ruin Joe.

• Superior victories against World Class operators these as Omar Sheika, Richie Woodhall, Byron Mitchell and Charles Brewer all add to Joe&#39s portfolio.

• 21 defences of the WBO Super Middleweight crown about a ten calendar year period of time is an accomplishment rarely witnessed in the activity.

• Reaching 46- with a earn in opposition to the famous Roy Jones Junior this yr. To attain 46 wins devoid of reply in a sport had been a next next lapse in focus which can end result in a KO, is an amazing feat. Joe has usually found a way to acquire irrespective of the opposition, and because he&#39s in no way been crushed, who&#39s to say that any boxer, previous or present, would have crushed him ??


I take into consideration the &#39lower&#39 details of Joe&#39s vocation to be: –

• Joe never stunned in The us until eventually the last two fights of his profession. That&#39s have been the significant names and big fights ended up in the 90&#39s and early 2000&#39s, still Calzaghe seemed content to fight in Britain and specifically from the comfort of his home town, Cardiff. He claimed to have a concern of traveling, a thing which has been mysteriously cured around the last year!

• Joe by no means amazed the excellent American&#39s of his bodyweight class in their peak. In the 90&#39s and early 2000&#39s Roy Jones Junior, Bernard Hopkins, James Toney and Winky Wright have been all thought of pound 4 pound best 10 fighters. Joe hardly ever fought any of them in this period in spite of currently being a World Title holder. The question is, who &#39ducked who? He also avoids fighting the pretty dangerous Glen Johnson, on much more than one event!

• Joe is on document as expressing he does not do re-matches&#39 when a return bout with the likes of Hopkins and Kessler have been touted. However, he absolutely did a re-match versus the German Mario Veit – A fighter he experienced TKO&#39d in one particular spherical in 2001 and then did the same to in 2006 in 6 really just one sided rounds.

• The break up selection get in opposition to Robin Reid. Joe snatched the victory, but a lot of observers feel that Reid did ample to consider it. A definite &#39off night time&#39 for JC.

• He struggled to quit fighters this sort of as David Starrie, Richard Thornberry, Evans Ashira and Kabery Salem. These fighters ended up not in the planet course bracket, but Joe struggled to get the career completed rapidly.

• Absence of energy and injuries pronone. Joe&#39s KO and stoppage rate, specially because 2004 has been bad. He has nicely documented &#39brittle fingers&#39 which has replied in him withdrawing from fights.

• He under no circumstances fought Benn, Collins and Watson, would he have crushed such a really hard opposition?

• Frank Warren &#39hand picked&#39 fighters in an attempt to extend the vocation of his quantity one &#39hard cash cow&#39. Joe seemed joyful to go alongside this route.


Joe Calzaghe&#39s vocation has been judged much more than any other fighter I can try to remember. Although I concur that if he had chased certain losses and ended up inclined to vacation the globe in lookup of them, the argument would have been much more &#39crystal clear slice&#39, Nevertheless, I however rate Joe Calzaghe as a legend who really should be inducted into the &#39Boxing Hall of Fame &#39. I consider a boxer need to be judged over the total span of his profession. Lots of point out that Joe did not battle fighters in their peak, but when was JC&#39s peak?

Is it not testomony to the fighter that he has boxed at Earth Title Amount for above 10 decades, apparently receiving superior with age. Few could argue that Roy Jones Junior is not a legend, having said that at the age of 32 he was deemed &#39past it&#39. At the exact same age Joe was defeating more youthful legitimate contenders like Lacy and later Kessler.

And finally, the artwork of boxing is simple – to &#39hit with out being hit&#39. Joe unquestionably reached this a lot more than most as his unblemished physical appearance, articulate intellect and bulging financial institution account affirm. Joe Calzaghe – &#39The Delight of Wales&#39, &#39The Italian Dragon&#39, &#39The Legend&#39!


Supply by Ian Worthington