Calzaghe-Manfredo at 20,000 Tickets Sold and STILL Climbing!

CARDIFF, WALES (January 26, 2007) -- Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, may soon be known as "Millennium Square Garden!" Promoter Frank Warren announced today that with nine weeks still to go, over 20,000 tickets have already been sold to the Joe Calzaghe-Peter Manfredo, Jr. super middleweight championship. The world title fight is almost certain to be fought in front of the biggest live boxing audience in United Kingdom history..

"This may be Joe's last fight in Wales before he crosses the pond to take on the best the U.S. has to offer on American soil. It's clear Joe's fans want to see him get his historic 20th title defense and give him a sendoff that will resound in heart for years to come," said Warren. "It's a tribute to Joe Calzaghe and also to the popularity of Peter Manfredo and "The Contenders" series. Who else could produce the biggest live audience in UK boxing history?"

Promoted by Sports Network, in association with The Tournament of Contenders, Calzaghe-Manfredo will take place Saturday, April 7. HBO World Championship Boxing will broadcast it live at 5 P.M. ET/2 P.M. PT in the United States.

Calzaghe (42-0, 31 KOs), from Newbridge, Wales, boxing's current longest-reigning world champion, has successfully defended his world title 19 times -- sixth-best on the all-time list -- since winning it in 1997. A victory on April 7 will move him into a fourth-place tie with Larry Holmes and Bernard Hopkins, former heavyweight and middleweight champions, respectively. Manfredo Jr. (26-3, 12 KOs), from Providence, RI, a former NABO champion and a finalist on the first season of "The Contender," boasts career-high world rating, ranked No 7 by the World Boxing Organization, thanks to going undefeated in 2006 with trainer Freddie Roach.

Article posted on 26.01.2007

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