Premature stoppage ruins Calzaghe’s dominance over Peter Manfredo!

07.04.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: If all it takes to get a stoppage win is a shoeshine combination on a high-guard opponent on the ropes, any guy with enough arm punching handspeed would have more knockouts then Mike Tyson. To be honest, I thought Calzaghe still would have won and still would have dominated, but I also thought the hometown referee would do exactly what he did in stepping in way too early..

The fight started in typical Calzaghe fashion, with Joe exhibiting the more aggressive style and faster handspeed on a Manfredy who was too unsure to commit to punching. Mostly, Calzaghe threw fast combinations or went inside and in his usual manner nullified his opponent on one side due to clinching and used his other to score clipping shots. In the third, Calzaghe turned up the heat as Manfredo retreated to the ropes holding hands high taking a large amount of weak but lightning quick combinations. For Manfredo’s part, his fault was in not clinching but even so there is no way a real fight should have been stopped at this point.

The name of the game is not landing 200 blocked punches, but rather hurting your opponent, which I don’t believe Calzaghe did convincingly enough to have the fight stopped. Even if Manfredo would have lost, or should not have been here, or was overmatched or undeserving or what not, he still deserved his chance at continuing on. Unfortunately for him and unfortunately for Joe Calzaghe, the third man in the boxing ring hurt both fighters tonight.

Article posted on 08.04.2007

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