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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Battered and bruised

Roy Jones Jr. was out-skilled over the weekend by Joe Calzaghe:

Joe Calzaghe toiled for years in relative obscurity, winning titles and building a virtually unmatched resume — but never venturing from Europe to challenge boxing’s best. It turns out he should have done so long ago. There was nothing at all to fear. The popular undefeated Welshman overcame a first-round knockdown to beat Roy Jones Jr. in a bloody one-sided unanimous decision Saturday night, delighting a raucous crowd at Madison Square Garden that seemed to be heavily in his favor. After winning a close decision over savvy veteran Bernard Hopkins in April, Calzaghe has little left to prove on boxing’s biggest stage, and few can fault him if he follows fellow British star Lennox Lewis into retirement at his peak. “This year I just beat two legends, with Hopkins and Jones, and I came to the United States to do it,” Calzaghe said. “I took the risk. They didn’t come to me. I took the risk.” With blazing hand speed and a constant push forward, Calzaghe (46-0) opened a deep gash over Jones’ left eye in the seventh round, forcing the ringside doctor to take a close look at it. The bout was allowed to continue, blood flowing down Jones’ face, but it hardly mattered after that.

It was probably time for Roy to hang up the gloves 10 fights ago. It’s unfortunate that he lost because when brothers lose to NON-brothers, that always has the potential to ruin our weekend. Thank God for Obama!

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