2002-08-17 Joe Calzaghe w pts 12 Miguel Angel Jimenez, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales - WBO

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2002-08-17 Joe Calzaghe w pts 12 Miguel Angel Jimenez, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales - WBO. Referee: Dave Parris. Scorecards: 120-107, 120-107, 120-107. Up against a challenger who was intent on survival, although Calzaghe (167¾) won every round the fight was made more difficult for him after he damaged the knuckles on his left hand as early as the second. Jimenez (168), who certainly proved his durability, offered up little by way of talent and immediately covered up when under attack. By the latter stages it had become monotonous, with Calzaghe going for the body more in order to preserve his hands. At the final bell it was difficult to understand quite why Jimenez, who had a point deducted in the tenth for head butts and who had little chance of winning, was given a title shot when there was only one recognised name on his record.