He is sometimes referred to as the "Italian Dragon" in reference to his mixed heritage (the dragon being both a Welsh emblem and a Sardinian myth), or the "Pride of Wales." He is currently the Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight champion. He is also the former WBO, WBA, WBC, IBF, The Ring Magazine and the British Super Middleweight champion.
Calzaghe is currently the longest reigning title holder in any weight class in boxing, recently passing the ten year mark as the WBO super middleweight champion. He is part of the Team Calzaghe based at the Newbridge boxing club.
In 2007, Calzaghe became BBC Sports Personality of the Year on December 9, beating Ricky Hatton and Lewis Hamilton by gaining 28.19% of the public vote. This made Calzaghe the first Welsh winner of this award since show jumper David Broome in 1960.
By October 1995, he had won the British title, stopping Steve Wilson in the eighth round. Calzaghe's critics said that he had not really been tested, while Calzaghe said in reply that he could only beat whoever was out there and prepared to fight him.
In November 1996, Calzaghe moved to Frank Warren's stable. Warren, who had managed Nigel Benn for his first twenty fights, declared: "Joe Calzaghe is a far better prospect, in fact he is my fighter for the new millennium." Warren spent the summer of 1997 chasing a fight for Calzaghe with either WBC champion Robin Reid or WBO title holder Steve Collins. The fight with Collins was arranged, but at a late stage Collins withdrew because of injury, was stripped of his title, and then retired.
Calzaghe split with promoter Frank Warren in June 2008 and announced that he would promote his fights personally for the remainder of his career. The split caused Warren to launch a court case against Calzaghe, claiming that a verbal promise was broken. Calzaghe denies the claim, and the case is ongoing.
Calzaghe conceded that Eubank, even in his comeback, gave him the toughest fight of his life.
In 1999, Calzaghe started out by fighting his domestic rival, Robin Reid. Calzaghe was bitter that Reid refused to face him whilst holding the WBC championship in a unification bout, and vowed to beat him. After twelve rounds, the judges scored the fight for Calzaghe via a split decision. Reid was never given the opportunity of a rematch. Calzaghe damaged his hand early on in the fight and according to Calzaghe, he suffered a dose of food poisoning. Calzaghe finished the year with another points win against Rick Thornberry.
2002 started with points wins against both the former IBF champion Charles Brewer and Miguel Jimenez in Cardiff, followed by a TKO of Tocker Pudwill, who took the fight at very short notice as a replacement for the injured Thomas Tate, in Newcastle in December.
Calzaghe's only fight of 2003 was in June against Byron Mitchell at the Cardiff International Arena. Calzaghe won by TKO in the second. Calzaghe suffered his first career knockdown in this fight being down himself in the second round.
2004 started out with a defence against Mger Mkrtchian in Cardiff where he won with a seventh round knockout, followed by a points win over Karbary Salem in Edinburgh in October, during which Calzaghe was knocked down in the fourth round by a right hand. However, he dominated the fight and knocked Salem down in the 12th round, winning comfortably on all three scorecards, 116-109,117-109,118-107.
Veit got a rematch against Calzaghe in Braunschweig, Germany, in July 2005. Calzaghe beat Veit by technical knockout in the sixth round. On 10 September, 2005, Calzaghe fought the Kenyan boxer Evans Ashira and won by a unanimous decision despite breaking his left hand in the third round. Calzaghe fought on one-handed winning 120-108, 120-108, 120-107.
|45 Wins (32 knockouts, 13 decisions), 0 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Roy Jones Jr.||TBD||TBD||2008-11-08||New York City|
|Win||Bernard Hopkins||Decision||12||2008-04-19||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|Win||Mikkel Kessler||Decision||12||2007-11-03||Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||Peter Manfredo||TKO||3 , 1:30||2007-04-07||Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||Sakio Bika||Decision||12||2006-10-14||Manchester, England|
|Win||Jeff Lacy||Decision||12||2006-03-04||Manchester, England|
|Win||Evans Ashira||Decision||12||2005-09-10||Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||Mario Veit||TKO||6 , 0:42||2005-05-07||Braunschweig, Germany|
|Win||Kabary Salem||Decision||12||2004-10-22||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Win||Mger Mkrtchian||TKO||7 , 1:05||2004-02-21||Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||Byron Mitchell||TKO||2||2003-06-28||Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||Tocker Pudwill||KO||2 , 0:39||2002-12-14||Newcastle, England|
|Win||Miguel Ángel Jiménez||Decision||12||2002-08-17||Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||Charles Brewer||Decision||12||2002-04-20||Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||Will McIntyre||TKO||4 , 0:45||2001-10-13||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Win||Mario Veit||TKO||1 , 1:52||2001-04-28||Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||Richie Woodhall||TKO||10 , 0:28||2000-12-16||Sheffield, England|
|Win||Omar Sheika||TKO||5 , 2;08||2000-08-12||Wembley, England|
|Win||David Starie||Decision||12||2000-01-29||Manchester, England|
|Win||Rick Thornberry||Decision||12||1999-06-05||Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||Robin Reid||Decision||12||1999-02-13||Newcastle, England|
|Win||Juan Carlos Gimenez||TKO||9 , 3:00||1998-04-25||Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||Branko Sobot||TKO||3 , 1:35||1998-01-24||Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||Chris Eubank||Decision||12||1997-10-11||Sheffield, England|
|Win||Luciano Torres||TKO||3||1997-06-05||Bristol, England|
|Win||Tyler Hughes||KO||1||1997-03-22||Manchester, England|
|Win||Carlos Christie||TKO||2||1997-01-21||Bristol, England|
|Win||Pat Lawlor||TKO||2||1996-05-15||Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||Warren Stowe||TKO||2||1996-05-04||Dagenham, England|
|Win||Mark Delaney||TKO||5||1996-04-20||Brentwood, England|
|Win||Anthony Brooks||TKO||2||1996-03-13||Wembley, England|
|Win||Guy Stanford||TKO||1||1996-02-13||Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||Stephen Wilson||TKO||8||1995-10-28||London, England|
|Win||Nick Manners||TKO||4||1995-09-30||Basildon, England|
|Win||Tyrone Jackson||TKO||4 , 1:08||1995-07-08||York, England|
|Win||Robert Curry||TKO||1||1995-05-19||London, England|
|Win||Bobbie Joe Edwards||Decision||8||1995-02-22||Telford, England|
|Win||Frank Minton||KO||1 , 1:25||1995-02-14||London, England|
|Win||Trevor Ambrose||TKO||2||1994-11-30||Wolverhampton, England|
|Win||Mark Lee Dawson||TKO||1||1994-10-01||Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||Karl Barwise||TKO||1||1994-06-04||Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||Darren Littlewood||TKO||1||1994-03-01||Dudley, England|
|Win||Martin Rosamond||TKO||1||1994-01-22||Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||Spencer Alton||TKO||2||1993-12-16||Newport, Wales|
|Win||Paul Mason||TKO||1||1993-11-10||Watford, England|
|Win||Paul Hanlon||TKO||1||1993-10-01>||Cardiff, Wales|
|Sanctioning Body and Weight Class||Reign Began||Reign Ended||Time Held|
|WBA Super Middleweight||November 3 2007|
|WBC Super Middleweight||November 3 2007|
|WBO Super Middleweight||October 11 1997||September 26 2008 (Relinquished Title)||131½ months|
|IBF Super Middleweight||March 4 2006||November 27 2006 (Relinquished Title)||8 months|
|BBBofC Super Middleweight||October 28 1995||June 5 1997 (Relinquished Title)||20 months|
|The Ring Light Heavyweight||April 19 2008|
|The Ring Super Middleweight||March 4 2006|
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