Joe Calzaghe

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Class of 2014
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Hall of Fame bio: [1]

Name: Joe Calzaghe
Alias: Pride of Wales / Italian Dragon
Birth Name: Joseph Calzaghe
Born: 1972-03-23
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
Hometown: Newbridge, Wales, United Kingdom
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 5′ 11″   /   180cm
Reach: 73″   /   185cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainer: Enzo Calzaghe
Manager: Frank Warren
Joe Calzaghe Gallery

Amateur Achievements

  • Had an amateur record of 110-10
  • 1991 ABA Welterweight Champion
  • 1992 ABA Light Middleweight Champion
  • 1993 ABA Middleweight Champion

Career Factoids

Professional Career

  • Defeated Stephen Wilson by an eighth-round TKO to win the vacant BBBofC Super Middleweight Championship on October 28, 1995.
  • Defeated Chris Eubank by a unanimous decision to win the vacant WBO Super Middleweight Championship on October 11. 1997. Calzaghe would go on to defend the title a division record 21 times.
  • Defeated IBF Super Middleweight Champion Jeff Lacy by a unanimous decision on March 4, 2006 to unify the IBF and WBO titles. Calzaghe, an underdog even with the British bookmakers, dominated the fight. He also won the Ring Magazine Super Middleweight Championship.
  • Stripped of the IBF title on November 27, 2006 because he chose to face Peter Manfredo Jr. instead of the IBF mandatory challenger, Robert Stieglitz.
  • Stopped Peter Manfredo Jr. in three rounds on April 27, 2007.
  • Defeated WBA/WBC Super Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler by a unanimous decision on November 3, 2007 to unify the WBA, WBC, and WBO titles.
  • Made his American debut against Bernard Hopkins at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 19, 2008. They fought for the Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Championship. Calzaghe was floored in the first round, but he came back to win by a twelve-round split decision. According to CompuBox, Calzaghe landed more punches on Hopkins than any of his previous opponents.
  • In his last fight, Calzaghe defended the Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Championship against Roy Jones Jr. at Madison Square Garden on November 8, 2008. After getting knocked down in round one, Calzaghe dominated the rest of the fight and won by a unanimous decision.
  • Announced his retirement on February 5, 2009. Calzaghe had a record of 46-0 with 32 knockouts.


Preceded by:
Steve Collins
Retired
WBO Super Middleweight Champion
1997 Oct 11 – 2008 Sep 26
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Denis Inkin
Preceded by:
Jeff Lacy
IBF Super Middleweight Champion
2006 Mar 4 – 2006 Nov 27
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Alejandro Berrio
Preceded by:
Mikkel Kessler
Super Champion
WBA Super Middleweight Champion
2007 Nov 3 – 2008 Sep
Super Champion
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Mikkel Kessler
Preceded by:
Mikkel Kessler
WBC Super Middleweight Champion
2007 Nov 3 – 2008 Jun 28
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Carl Froch