What is Joe Calzaghe's best win?

What is Joe Calzaghe's best win?

  • Roy Jones Jr

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  • Hopkins

    Votes: 14 38.9%
  • Lacy

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • Eubank

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  • Kessler

    Votes: 19 52.8%
  • Veit

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Reid

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  • Manfredo Jr

    Votes: 2 5.6%
  • Bike

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  • Total voters
    36

Jay

May 31, 2012
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I'd venture all things considered, Hopkins.

It's the win that was good at the time, and in the years that has followed, has looked better and better.
 

Libertarian

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Jun 2, 2012
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Kessler for me, all things considered it was an excellent win.

Unbeaten opponent in his prime, that in terms of style had attributes that could cause Calzaghe problems. Indeed he was doing an excellent job for four or five rounds, before Calzaghe switched and he had no answer.

It's a shame that the rest of Kessler's prime never amounted to much, certainly not what appeared possible back then.

I don't really count the Hopkins fight because I didn't give him the nod.... he barely landed a clean shot all night, all he succeeded in doing for me was tiring Hopkins out, Joe was being stood on his head something silly in the early rounds. Was like man against boy, or rather great grandpa vs the whipper snapper.
 
Jun 6, 2013
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Close one but the Hopkins win for me. Considering what Bernard has done since that win is a great one that has to be admired. Joe showed the key to beating Hopkins is workrate and not to be phased by B-Hop's antics.

The victory over a prime Kessler in front of 50,000 at the Cardiff stadium was amazing too but the win over Hopkins is the one that made the whole boxing world finally give Joe the props he deserved. For a while his career fucking stunk as he fought bum after bum but it can't be denied he was an fantastic fighter, arguably Britain's best. Just a shame he didn't have the big fights far sooner, he legacy could have been so much more.

The RJJ fight was nothing really, just a little encore to end his career with another win over a ring legend.
 
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Jun 21, 2013
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I voted Lacy just for what a thorough outclassing of a contender thought of as a favourite to beat him. Kessler may have been better as he was a prime fighter who was proved to be better than lacy. Hopkins was a tough fight to split,RJJ meant nothing.

FWIW i think calzaghe was tough and talented enough to have hung with anyone
 
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Jun 2, 2012
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At the time they happened I thought Kessler was a better win than Hopkins but thats not looking the case in hindsight IMHO.
 

DaveT

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Nov 13, 2012
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Tough one. Went for Hopkins but only really for what he has done since losing to Joe. I think a lot of people felt, before the fight, that he was cherry picking an old man with a big name. Even Calzaghe gave the impression that he thought it would be an easy night's work.

Kessler was in his prime when they fought but again, he hasn't done loads since (Froch win aside).

I think the Lacy win gets overlooked and underrated too much because it was so one-sided. Lots of people had Lacy to win that fight and he became a hype-job overnight who nobody truly rated anyway.
 
Jun 9, 2012
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The unanimous decision Jury UD12/Judge KO1 vs Sport Network.

He was overmatched and outgunned but pulled out a magnificent decision that sent Sport Network into retirement but sadly he never received his purse after the fight I think.
 
Jun 17, 2013
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Kessler was the most impressive victory IMO, but the Lacy fight was most enjoyable when you include the pre-fight build up.
 

Eoghan

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Jun 6, 2013
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Kessler for me, all things considered it was an excellent win.

Unbeaten opponent in his prime, that in terms of style had attributes that could cause Calzaghe problems. Indeed he was doing an excellent job for four or five rounds, before Calzaghe switched and he had no answer.

It's a shame that the rest of Kessler's prime never amounted to much, certainly not what appeared possible back then.

I don't really count the Hopkins fight because I didn't give him the nod.... he barely landed a clean shot all night, all he succeeded in doing for me was tiring Hopkins out, Joe was being stood on his head something silly in the early rounds. Was like man against boy, or rather great grandpa vs the whipper snapper.
True, I went for Kessler too, but I almost went for Hopkins as well as Lacy because it is soooo difficult to look good against Hopkins, the guy knows it all
 
Jun 9, 2013
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It depends how you want to view it. The Eubank, Mitchell, Kessler, Lacy and Hopkins fights could all be argued and he beat other SMW world champs in Woodhall, Reid, Jones, Veit, Bika, Brewer to go with Eubank, Lacy and Kessler, not including the other top 10 SMWs he dominated.

Eubank - Calzaghe was underdog taking on the SMW with the best resume at that time and with more SMW title fights than any other SMW at that time

Mitchell - considered unlucky by many against Ottke, had never been clearly beaten at SMW and had a good resume, had also been considered the man by some before the Ottke SD, yet Calzaghe got him out of there in 2 rounds

Lacy - Calzaghe was underdog, past his best and fighting a young big punching undefeated world champ

Reid - A good SMW who had been a world champ but had lost his title to Malinga when not really doing much, but was rated above Calzaghe in some ratings

Kessler - An undefeated unified world champ that Calzaghe faced when past his best

Hopkins - The Ring LHW world champ who Calzaghe beat arguably sandwiched between Hopkins best wins of Tarver, Wright and Pavlik

Its a tough call when he beat so many top SMWs in a strong era
 
Jun 3, 2012
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Lacy looked amazing at the time - I was there, epic performance - but history has undermined it a touch because Lacy never really matched the hype, not all of which can be down to Joe 'ruining' him. Kessler looked great at the time, and hindsight has taken little if anything away from it. I would have voted Hopkins, as hindsight has made that win look better and better on paper... but I gave the win to Hopkins at the time, I didn't actually think that Joe won the fight, I had him losing it, so I can't vote for that as his best win! So for me it is Kessler, but would have been Hopkins had he won.