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'''Trainer:''' [[Enzo Calzaghe]]<br>
 
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== Amateur Accomplishments ==
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== Amateur Achievements ==
Calzaghe won three ABA titles at different weights (welterweight in 1991, light middleweight in 1992, middleweight in 1993).
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*Had an amateur record of 110-10
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*1991 [[ABA]] Welterweight Champion
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*1992 ABA Light Middleweight Champion
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*1993 ABA Middleweight Champion
  
== Regional Titles ==
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== Professional Career ==
*British super middleweight champion (1995-1996)
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*Defeated [[Stephen Wilson]] by an eighth-round TKO to win the vacant [[British Boxing Board of Control|BBBofC]] Super Middleweight Championship on October 28, 1995.
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*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.
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*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.
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*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]].
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*Stopped Peter Manfredo Jr. in three rounds on April 27, 2007.
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*Defeated [[WBA]]/[[WBC]] Super Middleweight Champion [[Mikkel Kessler]] by a [[Joe Calzaghe vs. Mikkel Kessler|unanimous decision]] on November 3, 2007 to unify the WBA, WBC, and WBO titles.
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*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.
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*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.
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*Announced his retirement on February 5, 2009. Calzaghe had a record of 46-0 with 32 knockouts.
  
 
On March 4, 2006, Calzaghe won the [[IBF]] super middleweight title with a lopsided [[Joe Calzaghe vs. Jeff Lacy|unanimous decision]] victory over defending champion [[Jeff Lacy]] in Manchester, England. He had to relinquish the IBF title on November 27, 2006 because he refused to fight the IBF mandatory challenger [[Robert Stieglitz]]. On October 14, 2006, Calzaghe made his 19th successful defense against [[Sakio Bika]] via [[Joe Calzaghe vs. Sakio Bika|unanimous decision]]; the scores were 117-110, 117-110, and 116-111. On April 7, 2007, Calzaghe defeated [[Peter Manfredo Jr.]] by [[Joe Calzaghe vs. Peter Manfredo Jr.|3rd round TKO]] to retain his [[WBO]] title for the 20th time. On November 3, 2007, Calzaghe faced [[Mikkel Kessler]] in a bout to unify the WBO, [[WBC]], and [[WBA]] super middleweight titles. Calzaghe won a hard fought [[Joe Calzaghe vs. Mikkel Kessler|unanimous decision]]; the scores were 117-111, 116-112, and 116-112. Calzaghe has now held all four major titles. On April 19, 2008, at the Thomas & Mack Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada, Calzaghe defeated [[Bernard Hopkins]] and won The Ring light heavyweight championship by close split decision, Calzaghe did not get off to a good start by getting knock down in the first with a right hand, as the rounds went on Calzaghe began to get his rhythm going by landing combinations at close range, At the end, judges Chuck Giampa (116-111) and Ted Gimza (115-112) scored the fight for Calzaghe, while judge Adalaide Byrd (114-113) score the fight for Hopkins.
 
 
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[[Category:Southpaw World Champions]]
 
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Revision as of 17:19, 4 May 2013

Joe Calzaghe.jpg

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

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