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Calzaghe eyes Madison farewell
After 25 years the Welsh boxer is ready for his final fight against Roy Jones Jr.
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2008 08:54 GMT

Calzaghe takes one on the chin from Hopkins [GALLO/GETTY]

Britain's Joe Calzaghe plans to bring the curtain down on his glittering career after his November 8 fight against American Roy Jones Jr. at Madison Square Garden.

Welshman Calzaghe, who has a 45-0 record including 32 knockouts, will take on Jones for The Ring magazine's light-heavyweight crown.

Last fight

"It is probably going to be my last fight," the former super-middleweight and light-heavyweight champion said.

"I've been fighting for 25 years and I just don't feel like fighting any more.

"Physically, I feel as good as I did four or five years ago.

"Mentally, it's harder to get motivated for a fight.

"That's why I only wanted the big fights to finish my career."

One last fight [GALLO/GETTY]
Unbeaten record

Calzaghe, 36, first donned a pair of boxing gloves in 1983 before turning professional a decade later.

He would dearly love to end his professional career with an unbeaten record.

"It's very, very important to me to retire undefeated," he said.

"To face a great former champion at such a great arena, it's a fairytale come true."

Greatest fighter

Jones, 39, is an eight-times former world champion in four weight classes with a 52-4 record including 38 stoppages.

For much of his career, he was regarded as the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Three consecutive defeats in 2004 and 2005, two of them by knockout, diminished his stature but Jones has since claimed three more victories, including a unanimous decision over Felix Trinidad in his last bout in January.

The 'Showman' Roy Jones Jr [GALLO/GETTY]
Utmost respect

Calzaghe has the utmost respect for his opponent.

"Roy Jones is still Roy Jones," he said.

"He's a legend.

"He's still got speed, he's still got power.

"I'm happy to be fighting somebody with as big a name as him."

In his most recent outing, Calzaghe recovered from a first-round knockdown to beat another American, Bernard Hopkins, by split decision in Las Vegas in April.

Although the Welshman received criticism for struggling against a 43-year-old considered to be past his peak, his performance was put into perspective by Hopkins in Atlantic City on Saturday.

Age-defying

Former world champion Hopkins defied his age by upsetting 26-year-old middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik in a one-sided fight.

Against Jones, however, Calzaghe predicts a much more entertaining bout.

"Styles make fights," he said.

"Hopkins is very defensive, and I knew I had to force the fight.

"If I hadn't come forward, there wouldn't have been a fight.

"But Roy Jones is a showman."

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