Joe Calzaghe on Freddie Roach's Defection to De La Hoya

30.01.07 - "Sounds like Cap'n Freddie Roach was smart enough to jump ship before the U.S.S. Manfredo sinks in Wales on April 7!" - Joe Calzaghe, world super middleweight champion, commenting on Freddie Roach exclusively training Oscar De La Hoya for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr..

Undefeated super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe (42-0, 31 KOs), boxing's current longest-reigning champion (1997-present), defends his WBO /The Ring magazine titles against Peter Manfredo, Jr. (26-3, 12 KOs), Saturday, April 7, at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. HBO World Championship Boxing will televise the fight live in the U.S. at 5 P.M. ET / 2 P.M. PT with a replay later that evening. With over 20,000 tickets sold already, and nine weeks still remaining, Calzaghe-Manfredo is almost certain to be fought in front of the biggest live boxing audience in United Kingdom history. Manfredo, the former NABO champion, currently world-rated No. 7 by the WBO, will be Calzaghe's landmark 20th title defense. If successful, Calzaghe would be tied with Larry Holmes and Bernard Hopkins for fourth-place on boxing's all-time title defense list.

Calzaghe-Manfredo is being promoted by Frank Warren's Sports Network, in association with Mark Burnett's The Tournament of Contenders.

Article posted on 31.01.2007

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