Joe Calzaghe talks about his career and his hall of fame induction
Jun 13 2014 11:29 PM
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Joe Calzaghe was inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2014 this past Sunday, June 8th.
Following an accomplished amateur career (110-10) that included three consecutive ABA titles, Calzaghe turned pro on October 1, 1993 in Cardiff, Wales

Calzaghe is a former WBO, IBF, WBC, WBA & The Ring Super Middleweight Champion and The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion. He is the longest-reigning Super Middleweight world champion in history, having held the WBO Super Middleweight title for over ten years and made 21 successful defenses.

He relinquished the title to move up to light heavyweight. As his super middleweight and light heavyweight reigns overlapped, he retired with the longest continual time as world champion of any active fighter.

Under the tutelage of his father, Enzo, Calzaghe never tasted defeat in a 15 year pro career, he retired in February of 2009 as a reigning World Champion. Calzaghe is rated by Boxrec as the 11th pound-for-pound best British boxer of all time

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thegreyman says:

Congratulations to Joe.

He was always one of my favourite fighters growing up, and he's certainly one of the greatest to come out of Britain in the modern era.

Radam G says:

J-Cal was no doubt da MAN during his era! Holla!

oubobcat says:

Calzaghe was a tremendous fighter and well deserving of being a Hall of Famer on the first ballot. He retired undefeated having unified the Super Middleweight Titles and making a couple appearances at Light Heavyweight in the US to finish his career. There is not really much more Calzaghe could have done inside the ring.

I remember the Hopkins fight in 2008 very well. At 43, Hopkins gave Calzaghe a tough fight that night but Calzaghe did enough to earn a decision.

Anyway, I remember thinking afterward what a great career Hopkins had and what a way to finish it off giving Calzaghe such a tough fight. And I was even looking ahead thinking 2014 would be the year of Hopkins getting into the Hall.

Its funny how things turn out isn't it? Hopkins ended up defeating a prime Kelly Pavlik later that year. That was a Pavlik who seemed on course to becoming a real star and eventual PPV attraction in the US.

Fast forward to 2014, Calzaghe gets in the Hall, Pavlik is a year and a half retired and Hopkins has unified two Light Heavyweight belts and will soon probably be fighting to unify another belt and for the lineal Light Heavyweight Championship of the World at age 49.

Skibbz says:

Joe and his father have done a great service to the sport in the UK and also world wide. Great man, great boxer and a very inspirational role model. I can't begin to tell you how many young and aspiring boxers have told me Joe is their main inspiration and they train hard to follow in his footsteps.

Congratulations on the honour, he truly deserves it.

Skibbz says:

@Oubobcat Hopkins is from a different era. He started over two generations of boxers ago, and is still fighting… Not only fighting but fighting to unify a division, LH no less!