Joe Calzaghe

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Calzaghe in July 2007

Joseph William "Joe" Calzaghe CBE (born 23 March 1972) is a Welsh former professional boxer. His boxing nicknames include "The Pride of Wales" and "The Italian Dragon".

Calzaghe competed from 1993 to 2008. He was trained by his father Enzo. The younger Calzaghe was a champion in two weight classes. He was the unified WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO and Ring magazine super-middleweight champion. He was also the Ring light-heavyweight champion. BoxRec.com ranks him as the best British super-middleweight boxer of all time.[1] He went undefeated in his professional career, having a record 46–0. He had famous wins against boxers such as Mikkel Kessler, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. (in his final fight). He retired on 5 February 2009. In 2007, Calzaghe won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Calzaghe was born in Hammersmith, London, England. His father, musician-turned-trainer Enzo (1949–2018),[2] was from the island of Sardinia, Italy. His mother is Welsh. He grew up in Newbridge, Wales. He has two sons with his former wife Mandy Davies.

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  1. "BoxRec". boxrec.com. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  2. "Enzo Calzaghe, champion boxing trainer, dies aged 69". The Guardian. 17 September 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.

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