2005-09-10 Joe Calzaghe w pts 12 Evans Ashira, International Arena, Cardiff, Wales - WBO

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2005-09-10 Joe Calzaghe w pts 12 Evans Ashira, International Arena, Cardiff, Wales - WBO. Referee: Mark Nelson. Scorecards: 120-107, 120-108, 120-108. Dominating from the opening bell the champion swarmed all over Ashira (168) with southpaw rights and lefts, and following an accidental clash of heads in the second round the latter was cut over the left eye. Although Calzaghe (167½) continued to throw plenty of leather at Ashira, from there on in it was clear that something was up with the Welshman’s left hand as he stopped throwing it after the fourth and relied on his lead right to get him through the contest.

Afterwards, it transpired that as Calzaghe had broken a metacarpal he would be unable to fight Jeff Lacy, regardless of the ongoing negotiations, in the immediate future.