2004-10-22 Joe Calzaghe w pts 12 Kabary Salem, Royal Highland Showground, Edinburgh, Scotland - WBO

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2004-10-22 Joe Calzaghe w pts 12 Kabary Salem, Royal Highland Showground, Edinburgh, Scotland - WBO. Referee: Paul Thomas. Scorecards: 117-109, 118-107, 116-109. On a good day Calzaghe (168) was possibly the best super-middle around, but unfortunately this was not a good day. However, it was obvious that Salem (167¾) had come to spoil and in that he succeeded, but there was no way he was ever going to win the title, despite putting the southpaw champion down in the fourth after cutting him on the head in round two following a head clash. It was a big right-hand counter that had put Calzaghe on his pants for ‘four’ and although he looked shaken he was soon back in the action. Eventually rising above the lethargy, Calzaghe got himself going to cut Salem over the right eye in the seventh and generally worked him over before nearly putting him away in the final session after a solid straight left had dropped the Egyptian for ‘eight’. Both men had points deducted for butting, Salem in the third and Calzaghe in the 11th.

On 6 November at the Erdgas Arena, Riesa, Germany, Mario Veit successfully defended the ‘interim’ title when stopping Charles Brewer in the ninth round.