Joe Calzaghe Nearly Derailed

By Rick Reeno

In a fight where Joe Calzaghe (38-0-30K) was booked by most to win in devestating fashion, he failed to impress even the most loyal Calzaghe fans. Little known Karbary Salem (23-4-12K) put Joe through the toughest fight of his career. Given the fact that Salem lost his last fight by decision to Mario Veit and had prior losses to Antwun Echols and future light heavyweight Eric Harding, no expert really gave him a shot to do much in this fight.

The only man to believe that Salem had a shot to win the fight was probably Karbary Salem. Salem came out throwing powr shots in this and was apparent from the first round that he was not going to back down from Joe. There was a clash of heads in round two that opened up a serious cut on the head of Joe Calzaghe. Calzaghe was dropped to the canvas for the second time in his career in the fourth round when he was tagged by a Salem right hand.

Joe beat the count and the fight was an all out test of wills from that point on. There were plenty of rough house tactics by Salem as he used every trick in the book to try and win this fight. Calzaghe was using plenty of rough house tactics of his own.

Calzaghe appeared to be stunned once again in the eleventh round, but was in no serious trouble. Joe needed a big round, so he thought, and came back to knock down Salem in the twelfth and final round by way of a hard left hand.  Salem beat the count and finished up the round.

The scores were very lopsided, even if Joe would not have scored a knock down, he would have won the fight by several points. The scores were 117-109, 118-107 and 116-109. Most in the crowd thought it was a very close fight. Calzaghe was very upset with his performance tonight.

“I was ring-rusty and over-eager and I made it hard for myself. I thought I learnt my lesson against Byron Mitchell but I got caught again – my hands were down, my chin was in the air and I was caught off balance. In the Mitchell fight I was stunned but in this one I was embarrassed. I got straight back up and I was OK once I started using my boxing skills.” said Calzaghe

“OK, it wasn’t a great performance but I got myself out of trouble. Now I know I have got to keep more active and, believe me, that was the worst you will ever see me. I will be much better next time.”
"I'm disappointed with my performance. I'm glad I won but Salem came to spoil, he succeeded in making me look bad but I'm going to get better. It just shows you always have something to learn and that even the best can have an off-day. He caught me off-balance and embarrassed me a bit but I've still got a lot to work on. I'm still looking for that career-defining fight."
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by -Kev- on 01-23-2014

The Egyptian Marvin Hagler.

Comment by Drunk Punch on 01-23-2014

Back from the dead thread.

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 01-23-2014

Totally forgot about this fight,,, this was before the joe is afraid of lacy hype

Comment by ИATAS on 01-23-2014

Throwback Thursday!

Comment by muay on 10-28-2004

Joe Calzaghe's talented and his fights are always entertaining to watch. Though his skills are not A-class, but he's got speed and a heart of a warrior. He should be let loose by his handlers who's been protecting him for…

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