Now, me being a writer from the U.K., some of you might be surprised at this choice. Most British boxing fans adore The Italian Dragon, but I have seen straight through what appears to be an illustrious career and realized what Joe Calzaghe really is.
Do you want to know what he is? He is a boxer who has potential but has never really pushed the limits of that potential in his entire career. Why? I’ll tell you why...he’s ducked some BIG fights over the years...with a prime Roy Jones Jr., a young Bernard Hopkins and 'Lights Out' James Toney.
This has resulted in him finishing with a, yes very impressive, 46-0 record which is easily flawed. It can be flawed by simply looking at the 46 opponents he has faced.
The only big names out of those fights can be listed on one hand: Chris Eubank, Jeff Lacy, Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins.
In addition to this, I would like to point out that Hopkins and Jones were both WAY past their best by the time Calzaghe would sign on the dotted line.
So why didn’t he fight Jones or Hopkins earlier in his career? Simple...his unbeaten record wouldn’t exist.
Calzaghe has ended up getting the best of both worlds though, he’s got the big names on his resume (however old and out of shape they both were) AND he got the big payday to go with it.
It’s a shame he couldn’t have proved himself 15 years ago when Jones was the man to beat...