MMA Undefeated Joe Calzaghe quits boxing

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  1. TheEspionage

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/boxing/7871918.stm

    Undefeated world super-middleweight and light-heavyweight boxing champion Joe Calzaghe has announced his retirement.
    The 36-year-old Welshman, who reigned as a world champion for more than 11 years, quits the ring with a glittering record of 46 wins from 46 fights.
    "It was a difficult decision but I have achieved everything I wanted to achieve in boxing," he told BBC Sport.
    "I've been world champion for 11 years. I've got no other goals to go for. That's why I am calling it a day."

    In an exclusive interview with BBC sports editor Mihir Bose, Calzaghe, who held the WBO, WBA, WBC and IBF super-middleweight belts during his 16-year professional career, said he had thought "long and hard" about retiring but insisted it was the right move.

    "I had a long think with my family," he said. "My children wanted me to give up, plus my mum. That's why I called it a day and will go on to do something else."
     
  2. dragomungus

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    Good for him.
     
  3. kopetzki

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    there is really nobody for him to fight anyways. Its kinda sad that he doesn't have the same name recognition as a floyd mayeweather and has such an astonishing record of accomplishments
     
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    Trueno Bаnned bу Ѕuреr Μоdеrаtоrs

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    He's not in the Golden Boy Promotion. :o
     
  5. energie

    energie I like to place an order.. the name? Situation the

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    did he make out with a fortune?
     
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    11 years as champion in boxing...




    i'm pretty sure he walked out with more than enough money to get his kids through college
     
  7. 2ofdem

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    Floyds far far more entertaining then Calzaghe.

    Not many go undefeated and people cant think of threats to that record, unfortunately he probably wont be rated as highly due to his lack of competition.
     
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    i think he's more entertaining :dunno:

    but yeah, the top competition was never in his weight class sadly
     
  9. energie

    energie I like to place an order.. the name? Situation the

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    some ppl get screwed with contracts and shit. not sure how boxing works
     
  10. Degenerate

    Degenerate Optimus Riem! OT Supporter

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    If he fought RJJ during his prime he would've gotten his shit pushed in
     
  11. dengar

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    He's not big in the US because it took him forever to start fighting over here. He is big in Europe and I'd venture to guess that is more important to him than being beloved in the US.
     
  12. Kenny Dalglish

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    i think joe is more entertaining.. i think floyd is better and entertaining.. but joe's style is more "fun"..

    joe beat a lot of solid fighters especially of his dismantling of jeff lacy.. i think he answered most of his criticisms and can retire comfortably knowing his legacy is solid
     
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    Floyd is a special case.. he was being called a prodigy since childhood.. HBO pumped his promotion way early on.. granted he didnt rocket into super stardom until he moved up in weight and fought some of the more household names
     
  14. dengar

    dengar seans is a afta marchsollwe in his gir! OT Supporter

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    He can thank Bernard Hopkins for that.
     
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    If my aunt had balls she'd be my uncle.

    Calzaghe is awesome. He's got to be the best British boxer of all time.
    :bowdown: to him.
     
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    I really enjoyed this response
     
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    Brits are huge Boxing fans he is like a God in Wales.
     
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    Joe is all action and always throwing punches I like that but Floyd is just pretty to watch he is so crisp.
     
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    <3 Joe


    yeah it sucks he's not recognized as one of the greatest over in the US but i'm with the brits:fawk:
     
  20. THE LIOG

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    love calzaghe, truly great fighter.
    i'm glad he made the right decision to go out on top before he took any more unnecessary damage.
     
  21. Kenny Dalglish

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    yea i agree.. joe is more "fun" to the average fan.. but i would definitely rather watch floyd..

    my favorite fighter of all time is sweet pea..
     
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    he will be back
     
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    its too bad that jones only relied on his speed, and once he lost that...
    uh oh! :o
     
  24. XJ3B

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    I don't follow boxing, but isn't his training rediculous?

    Like rediculous as in he like eats whatever he wants, goes hits the bag, then goes home. And he only has one sparring partner or something
     
  25. SaviouR

    SaviouR Dallas - Choke City :(

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    Most pundits agree that his basics were always weak but no one even now compares to his hand speed, not even Mayweather Jr..
     

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