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Calzaghe Retires

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by reclaimthecowshed (U13808471) 05 February 2009
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Joe Calzaghe has retired from boxing with immediate effect.

This is the end of a glittering career filled with blood, sweat and tears.

For Joe to bow out undefeated is special too.

The question remains whether he will one day be tempted out or retirement by a big-money fight.

This is truly the end of a superb era for super-middleweight and light-heavyweight boxing.

It is the best decision he could have made as there isn't really anyone out there worth fighting. He'd beaten the two guys he wanted to beat and I doubt he would have been motivated enough to fight Froch.

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What is your most memorable Calzaghe fight? For me it has to be when he destroyed Jeff Lacy.

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posted Feb 7, 2009

Joby Jak

Your right it would have been good if Joe fought more greats but he's not on his own in this.

How many greats did Jones beat? He fought some good fighters but not many great fighters, the same as Hopkins, and Calzaghe.

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posted Feb 7, 2009

In regards to your comments about eubank jobyjak, I have never seen Joe's face as bruised and bashed up as in this fight. Eubank was a great fighter, even past his best.

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posted Feb 7, 2009

Sonofthe destroyer

I'd back benn,Eubank,Collins and Watson to beat a prime Jones Junior, let alone Calzaghe.

Obviously no chance of fighting Watson, but why not fight Benn a wbc champ with several title defences, who offered to fight Jones in his hometown.

Calzaghe is not invincible, but neither is royjones jr.

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posted Feb 7, 2009

"Calzaghe is not invincible, but neither is royjones jr."

In their primes I mean.

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posted Feb 7, 2009

Great boxer. But I still put Lennox Lewis as Britains greatest boxer. He lost twice but he avenged both defeats. Ok people may argue but JC is undefeated. True but why did he take so long to unify the SMW divisiona nd then later on take on has been and living legend RJJ and Bhop. By the way that Bhop fight should hav ebeen a draw. But fair play to JC I hope he emulates LL and STAYS RETIRED!!!. Well done JC you have nothing else to prove.

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posted Feb 8, 2009

Joe was a good fighter no doubt about it, but he is not one of the greats simply because he did not prove himself against the top fighters in their prime. How come all these top fights with Hopkins and RJJ "automatically happened" when these guys were past their prime???

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comment by cbazz (U13717401)

posted Feb 8, 2009

hopkins is not past it and joe wanted to fught him years ago, bk in the 90's joe wasnt big enough to get a fight with roy jones its not like roy and bernard were calling out joe during this era so it aint joes fault he didnt fight them at this time

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comment by drjones (U1771947)

posted Feb 8, 2009

razindoa the fights with RJJ and BH automatically happened as you put it when the guys were past there prime is because they knew they had nothing to lose against JC when they are so called past their best. They were not expected to beat him, so if they could beat him and they were going to give it there best shot they would get amazing acclaim for it.
Shame they didnt want JC so badly when they were so called in their prime. Probably didnt think theyd beat him then as well.
They shouldnt have been so scared. Unless they tried, it wasnt a foregone conclusion against JC. BH was probably thinking after taking JC so close, im a silly old man. I should have taken this fight when i was younger and i might have even beaten Joe.

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posted Feb 8, 2009

Watching Joe earlier on he did have an unusual way of punching and was not a knock out puncher but won with combinations fast numerous punches etc.
But he was very fit very confident never intimindated at any big names could mix it up with cunning spoilers like Hopkins who makes most look bad and in my opinion would have beaten many other top fighters if he had chance
He absolutely deserves his place and for my money Lennox was a pretty lazy fighter strong but slow and never was as fit as Joe different types completely.
I gradually came to see Joe as much better than at first in my op. he clearly beat Hopkins who complained about hit behind head low blow that was a joke having Bernhard crawling around the ring floor like a big baby no one was fooled he wanted a breather Joe was too fast too fit not intimidated at all by all Hopkins tricks and he knows them all.

As for Pavlik he is good has promise but no match for Joe and due to having stupid greedy handlers had a fight that did him no good win or lose but the loss hurt him wrong weight and not experienced enough with a Fox like Hopkins get rid of handlers fire your manager get new ones Manny Stuart etc and you will go far

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comment by drjones (U1771947)

posted Feb 9, 2009

razindoha you said JC cant be great because he didnt beat no great fighters in their primes.
Well who did BH and RJJ beat in their primes that was so good? RJJ lived off opponents slightly shop worn and past their best. BH lost to RJJ and hardly has beaten any real great middleweights.
JC beat Lacy and Kessler who were in their primes. They were considered favourite by many people at the time so people have always tried to underestimate JC. JC beats them so we should have learnt not to underestimate JC. And to make it up to JC we should not underestimate his greatness now in retirement as compensation for underestmating him all these years.

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