Joe Calzaghe retires from a great career in British
and World Boxing - Summary
Calzaghe - everything you need to know.
IN PICTURES: Joe Calzaghe's brilliant career
IN PICTURES: Calzaghe's final victory - against Roy Jones Jr
All time top 10 British Boxers - where does Joe rank?
1972: Born March 23, Acton.
1993: Wins his third consecutive ABA title at a
different weight, the first boxer to do so in 65 years.
Signs professional forms with Mickey Duff and makes his debut on the
Lennox Lewis-Frank Bruno undercard at Cardiff Arms Park, stopping Paul
Hanlon in round one.
1995: After nine straight wins, is awarded the
prestigious Young Boxer of the Year award by the British Boxing Writers'
Wins the British super-middleweight title in his 14th fight, stopping
Steve Wilson in the eighth round in Kensington.
1996: Leaves Duff to sign a promotional deal with
1997: Beats Chris Eubank on points, to claim the
vacant WBO super-middleweight title, having knocked Eubank down in the
1999: Scrapes a split-decision victory over British
rival Robin Reid in Newcastle despite damaging his hand early in the
2000: Boosts his reputation over the Atlantic with a
comprehensive fifth-round victory over highly-rated American Omar Sheika.
2003: Knocked down for the first time in his career
by Byron Mitchell, but gets up to stop his opponent in the following
2004: Floored again in a gruelling defence against
Egyptian spoiler Kabary Salem, before winning via a large points
2005: Hopes of a unification showdown against Jeff
Lacy appear dashed when he breaks his hand during a routine win over
2006: March - Beats IBF champion Lacy on points in
their rearranged clash in March, with a performance rated by many as one
of the greatest ever by a British fighter.
May - Is forced to pull out of of a prospective July clash with Glen
Johnson due to a recurrence of his hand injury.
October - Wins a dirty brawl with Cameroon's Sakio Bika in a record-equalling
19th world title defence.
November - Forced to relinquish the IBF portion of his title after
agreeing a March 2007 defence against American `Contender' Peter
December - Short-listed for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year
award, losing out to Zara Phillips.
2007: April 7 - Stops Manfredo in three rounds in
front of 35,000 fans at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
November 4 - Wins by unanimous decision against Mikel Kessler to
become the first unified super-middleweight champion, bringing together
the WBO, WBA and WBC titles.
December 7 - Engaged in a fiery nose-to-nose slanging match with
projected future opponent Bernard Hopkins in front of the world's media
as the rivals came together in Las Vegas ahead of the Ricky Hatton v
Floyd Mayweather super-fight.
December 9 - Named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, beating
Formula One star Lewis Hamilton and Hatton.
2008: April 20 - Earns a split decision victory over
Hopkins in a 12-round epic at the at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las
June 14 - Awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
November 8: Beats legendary American Roy Jones Jr via comfortable
unanimous decision in their light-heavyweight fight at Madison Square
Garden, recovering from a first-round knockdown to dominate.
2009: February 5 - Announces his retirement from
boxing, having won all 46 of his professional fights.
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