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Joe Calzaghe(uk) vs Byron Mitchell (us)

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Anyone watch this fight, it was screened out in the U.S..Joe Calzaghe will be fighting Bernard Hopkins next, thats gonna be one hell of a fight.. Super Middleweights by the way..



Joe Calzaghe is aiming for a big-money showdown with middleweight world champion Bernard Hopkins after his thrilling win over Byron Mitchell in a brutal bout shown live on Sky Sports.


Calzaghe put on a stunning show for Showtime, who screened his devastating two-round destruction of American challenger Mitchell in the United States.


Last year Hopkins accepted an offer of $3million to fight Calzaghe before coming back the next day and pricing himself out by asking to double that figure.


But, if he tuned in on Saturday night, the danger is he could want even more after Calzaghe's stunning display brought him through one of British boxing's epic battles.


Calzaghe's 13th defence of his WBO super middleweight title lasted just five minutes 36 seconds but just about every second was action-packed.


Calzaghe climbed up from the first knock-down of his fighting life to bludgeon Mitchell non-stop and become the first man to beat the former WBA world champion from Alabama inside the distance.


Jay Larkin, the Showtime boxing chief, was ringside at Cardiff's International Arena and he joined promoter Frank Warren in pledging to make new attempts to pair Calzaghe with Hopkins.


Following the collapse of mooted fights against Roy Jones junior and new cruiserweight king James Toney, Hopkins may find his options have decreased.


Larkin said: "A fight against Hopkins is a natural for Wales and we would like it to take place here."


Under the roof at the Millennium Stadium or an open-air show at Ninian Park are both possibilities.


"It would be a tremendous fight for Cardiff", said Warren. "This was the fight that will launch Joe big-time in the States."


And Carl King, who was in Mitchell's corner, will take the message back to his shock-haired promoter father Don.


He will bear witness to the fact that Calzaghe, at 31, has finally proved himself prepared to take on anyone from middleweight ruler Hopkins up to light-heavy - a route he is prepared to take to secure the big fights and matching pay-days.


Calzaghe's ferocious display of two-handed punching, which Mitchell recklessly tried to match, saw the American rescued by referee Dave Parris as he reeled out of control towards his own corner. It provided the perfect early birthday present for Calzaghe's father and trainer Enzo.


The sensational finish came just an hour before the dawn of Enzo's 54th birthday today and Italian-born Calzaghe senior claimed his son must now have convinced any sceptics.


"The critics have always said there were questions to be answered," he said. "Could Joe perform at the highest level? Could he take a punch? What would happen if he was put on the floor?


"We always knew that he had the strength, the boxing ability and the heart and now he has shown it. There are no more questions to answer."


Another Enzo, cruiser-weight Maccarinelli, provided the first half of a thrilling Welsh-Italian double as he got off the floor to spring a shock fourth-round knock-out victory over former British and Commonwealth champion Bruce Scott to take the WBU title.


Maccarinelli, 22, had never been beyond four rounds in his 14 previous fights against generally low-grade opposition and looked way over his head as he was floored by seasoned Londoner Scott's big left less than a minute into the fight.


But after climbing up on rubbery legs and surviving referee Micky Vann's close inspection, he showed maturity to box his way back in to the fight before exploding a left hook which rendered Scott unconscious before he hit the floor.


Asked if it was the hardest punch he had ever taken, Scott admitted: "I don't know. I never saw it and I never felt it."


Maccarinelli said: "The fire from my Welsh and Italian upbringing and my boxing got me through. I showed my heart. I was a little nervous and the knock-down was a wake-up call. But I wasn't hurt."


It did not look that way at the time but Maccarinelli was honest enough to acknowledge the status of his new title as he added: "I'm not kidding myself. I can't call myself the world champion yet but it's a stepping stone."


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Guest imported_El Mamerro

Nope... I was busy watching the Latin Fury bouts. Morel, Santos and Cotto wrecked shit, especially the latter... watch out for that guy next year when he starts getting title bouts, kid is fucking deadly. Beer,


El Mamerro

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It's all about the left hook. my favorite fights to watch are ones where someone gets hit with a shot to the ribs and can't get up for shit. that's definitely a painful shot...

is hopkins really going to fight Calzaghe? he hasn't fought anyone good since he fought trinidad back in 2001! he used to be badass before casual fans knew who he was. it's like he said "fuck it" to boxing since beating tito.

Miguel Cotto is definitely badass! i've seen only 5 of his fights, but i like what i see everytime.:cool:

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