30.01.07 - "Sounds like Cap'n Freddie Roach was smart enough to jump ship before the U.S.S. Manfredo sinks in Wales on April 7!" - Joe Calzaghe, world super middleweight champion, commenting on Freddie Roach exclusively training Oscar De La Hoya for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr..
Article posted on 31.01.2007
Undefeated super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe (42-0, 31 KOs), boxing's current longest-reigning champion (1997-present), defends his WBO /The Ring magazine titles against Peter Manfredo, Jr. (26-3, 12 KOs), Saturday, April 7, at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. HBO World Championship Boxing will televise the fight live in the U.S. at 5 P.M. ET / 2 P.M. PT with a replay later that evening. With over 20,000 tickets sold already, and nine weeks still remaining, Calzaghe-Manfredo is almost certain to be fought in front of the biggest live boxing audience in United Kingdom history. Manfredo, the former NABO champion, currently world-rated No. 7 by the WBO, will be Calzaghe's landmark 20th title defense. If successful, Calzaghe would be tied with Larry Holmes and Bernard Hopkins for fourth-place on boxing's all-time title defense list.
Calzaghe-Manfredo is being promoted by Frank Warren's Sports Network, in association with Mark Burnett's The Tournament of Contenders.