Calzaghe: "Hopkins Was My Toughest Fight"

By Mark Vester

Following his split-decision win over Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas, Joe Calzaghe praised the Philadelphia veteran by labeling him as the toughest opponent of his career. Calzaghe admits that it wasn't his best performance and knew the clash of styles would lead to an ugly fight.

"I knew this wouldn't look pretty tonight," Calzaghe said. "He's so awkward. He gave me some good shots. It wasn't my best night, but I won the fight. The world title in a second division and a win in America is just icing on the cake for my career."

Calzaghe was knocked down in the first round and was being outhustled by the older fighter for the first few rounds. He knew that in order to win, he had to let his hands go to wear Hopkins down. The defensive skills of Hopkins gave him the most trouble.

"I had to let the punches go as the fight wore on," Calzaghe said. "He was very defensive. I was only hurt one time, but he never caught me with a clean punch. It was the toughest fight of my career. He's very clever. I'm very proud."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CottoOverrated1 on 04-20-2008

[QUOTE=thegreatone1;3385688]Calzaghe had a bad night and beat him. Maybe a prime Hopkins (although this version is 95%) would have fought more and got knocked out who knows. But like i said any Calzaghe beats any Hopkins.[/QUOTE] 95%?!!! if 100 percent…

Comment by alexisallmighty on 04-20-2008

yep... he said it was the thoughest considering style alone... mosley-forrest, barrera-jones and so on :D and even so... he kicked his ass!!:D

Comment by KingTito on 04-20-2008

Hopkins definitely took Calzaghe out of his game plan. I think prime B-Hop takes him by UD along the lines of 116-112.

Comment by hugh grant on 04-20-2008

But would it have been differnet if it was in Wales? WOuld Bernhard have done as well outside of America? Im not too sure!

Comment by FRKO on 04-20-2008

[QUOTE=Burner;3383458]Damn imagine a prime Hopkins...and Joe what does that say about your resume.[/QUOTE] Imagine a prime Calzaghe. He would have stopped Backdoor Bernard.

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