Calzaghe Hits 10-Year Mark as World Champion on Oct. 11th
Boxing’s current longest-reigning world champion JOE CALZAGHE will mark the 10th year of his monarchy on Thursday, October 11. Calzaghe captured the vacant WBO title, October 11, 1997, knocking down two-time world champion and British boxing legend Chris Eubank twice en route to a dominating unanimous decision on scores of 118-109, 118-111 and 116-111..
Article posted on 05.10.2007
His impressive résumé boasts victories over former world champions Charles Brewer, Byron Mitchell, Robin Reid, and Richie Woodhall. He unified the title last year when he fought a masterclass against the previously undefeated IBF/IBO champion Jeff Lacy, the first 2000 U.S. Olympian to win a world title. The victory was so emphatic -- Calzaghe won every round of the fight -- and so important to the division, The Ring magazine conferred its prestigious championship belt upon the new unified champion, the first time in the division’s 22-year history that The Ring has ever recognized a super middleweight as its world champion.
Calzaghe (43-0, 29 KOs), from Wales, is in the throws of heavy training for his super-fight against undefeated WBC/WBA champion Mikkel Kessler (39-0, 29 KOs), of Denmark, arguably the biggest world title unification fight between non-heavyweight world champions since the Sugar Ray Leonard-Tommy Hearns welterweight rumble of 1981. Promoted by Frank Warren in association with International Entertainment, the Calzaghe-Kessler world championship fight will take place Saturday, November 3, at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, which will be scaled for an indoor-record 63,000-plus spectators. HBO World Championship Boxing will broadcast the fight LIVE to the U.S. at 9 P.M. ET / 6 P.M. PT.
Calzaghe will be looking to successfully defend his title for a landmark 21st consecutive time -- tops among active world champions -- which would tie him with super middleweight champion Sven Ottke at fourth place on boxing’s all-time list, behind heavyweight champion Joe Louis (25), light heavyweight champion Dariusz Michalczewski (23) and strawweight champion Ricardo López (23)
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