By Mark Vester
It appears the next major bout for Joe Calzaghe might be against former four-division champion Roy Jones Jr. Jones was sitting ringside at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas to watch Calzaghe outpoint Bernard Hopkins over twelve-rounds to win a split-decision.
There are several other options for Calzaghe, but the selling point with Jones is his insistence to make the fight on Calzaghe's turf of Cardiff, Wales. Jones told the New York Daily News that he would like to make a two-fight deal with Calzaghe's promoter Frank Warren. If the first fight in Wales is a hit, they stage a rematch in America.
"I'd love to go to Wales and fight in front of 70,000 or 90,000 people," Jones said. "I'd like to propose a two-fight deal. We fight the first one over there, and if there's a reason to have a second one, we'd fight it over here."
Calzaghe told reporters earlier in the week that he never got a chance to fight Jones in his prime because neither of them were willing to make the fight outside of their country. When he was the top dog of the light heavyweights, Jones saw no reason to travel to Wales.
"When I was on top of the world why would I go to the other guy's place," Jones said. "If he's going to beat me and I'm the best in the world, come to my place. When James (Toney) was the best super middleweight in the world and I wanted that title, I had to leave the middleweight division and go up to super middleweight and get that title."
Now that he's trying to regain his spot as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport, he is willing to meet Calzaghe on enemy territory. Warren told reporters that he plans speak with Jones about a possible fight with Calzaghe in Wales.
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