Joe Calzaghe wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

By Mark Pickering: Welsh hero Joe Calzagherecorded his latest success Sunday evening by winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. The undisputed world super-middleweight champion, who hasn't tasted defeat in his fourteen years as a pro, cemented his legacy this year with a pulsating victory over Denmark's Mikkel Kessler before 50,000 adoring fans at the Millennium Stadium..

Calzaghe, 35, received the mostvotes fromthe British public to pick up the prestigious award.

Formula One star Lewis Hamilton, the hot favourite for the award and most prominent sporting figure in Britain this yearfinished second, while a bruised but ever-charming Ricky 'The Hitman' Hatton was third.

"I'm shocked - it's a massive honour and it caps off a great year for me," said Calzaghe.

"I'm proud of it, it's a real achievement and also with my dad winning tonight. To get two boxers in the top three is amazing."

Enzo Calzaghe, whose played an integralrole in boxing'sreturn to the fore of Britishsports scene, was named Coach of the Year afterguidinghis son, Enzo Maccarinelli, Gavin Reesand Gary Lockett to world championship success.

Article posted on 10.12.2007

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