Joe Calzaghe vs. Robin Reid

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Joe Calzaghe (right) vs. Robin Reid

1999-02-13 : Joe Calzaghe 167 lbs beat Robin Reid 167¾ lbs by SD in round 12 of 12

Calzaghe's most significant fights
By Don Steinberg, ESPN.com, November 5, 2008

Pro Fight No. 26
Opponent: Robin Reid (26-1-1)
Date/Site: Feb. 13, 1999, Newcastle, England
Result: Calzaghe by split decision in 12
Why it matters: Reid, a former 168-pound champ who'd never been knocked down or stopped, was Calzaghe's first tough title defense, and this was the closest anyone has come to beating him. In the split decision, one judge scored it 116-111 for Reid, even with a point deducted from Reid for a low blow. Maybe different judges liked different styles. Calzaghe flung his characteristic barrages, playing bongo on Reid's head, moving his arms as quickly as a clock's second hand. Reid was like a minute hand, periodically ticking off a right-hand bomb. Calzaghe often ducked to avoid incoming fire and clinched. But the muscular Reid landed the highlight-reel shots, all rights to Calzaghe's face, including one that rocked Calzaghe's head to end Round 9. In Round 11, they traded blows toe-to-toe, and Calzaghe gave as good as he got. In the end Calzaghe had outlanded Reid considerably, and it was enough for victory. [1]