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Joe Calzaghe Calls Bernard Hopkins An Idiot, Racist - Say's He'll Not Give Him A Rematch

Bernard Hopkins11.11.08 - by James Slater - While the fans and experts are debating what future Hall of Famer Joe Calzaghe will decide to do with regards to either carrying on with his great career or ending it, the fighter himself seems to have made up his mind. Claiming the temptation to fight on is not really there any longer, Calzaghe has been talking with U.K newspaper The Mirror. One thing Joe told the paper is a definite, is the fact that he will never grant Bernard Hopkins a return fight.

Hopkins, as fight fans know, very much wants a second go at the man who won a split decision over him back in April of this year. But according to Joe yesterday, the 43-year-old will not get what he wants.

Joe began by talking about how he feels it's time to walk away from the sport he dominated in for so many years.

"To be honest, I haven't loved boxing for a few years," Calzaghe admitted. "My dad has had to kick me up the a*** more and more every time I fight just lately. The motivation isn't there. When I fought Bernard Hopkins in April, I didn't train anywhere near as much as I should have trained. This one [Jones[ I did but only because my dad knows me so well and, 12 weeks ago, he took me aside and said that unless I sorted my self out, I was going to get my a*** kicked in this fight!"

So now that his love for the game has diminished, what will Joe do when he walks away from it, if he actually does, that is?

"Is the temptation always there to carry on?" Joe asked. "Not really, I think I'll walk away easily enough from boxing. My dad has got a great gym and I want to help out with that. I have got a promoter's licence now so I'll stay involved in a different way."

Calzaghe then turned his thoughts towards the man who so badly wants another go at him, Hopkins. Joe turned angry when speaking about the Philly legend.

"Screw Hopkins, man," the 36-year-old said "He got his a*** kicked by a white boy. He's got to accept that. He's an idiot, a complete a*******. I don't want to give him a rematch. It wouldn't be a good fight. The guy's a racist. He was never going to give me any credit. The way he fought me in Las Vegas was cowardly because he held on all night and feigned being hit by low blows. He tried to steal the fight."

So there it is; unless Calzaghe has a change of heart, and it does seem doubtful, Hopkins can forget all about his rematch. You can never say never in boxing, and it is still possible Joe will box at least once more. But one thing is clear, it will not be against Hopkins - who, ironically, is probably his only logical choice.

Article posted on 12.11.2008



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