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Sunday, February 14, 1999 Published at 01:41 GMT


Sport

Calzaghe's hand 'not broken'

Reid (left) feels the power of Calzaghe

Boxer Joe Calzaghe has been told by doctors that his hand has no broken bones after was injured against Robin Reid on Saturday night.

The Welshman successfully defended his WBO super-middleweight title with a split points verdict over Reid but was hampered by the injury to his left hand in the middle rounds.

At the post-fight news conference Calzaghe's hand had swollen horribly around the knuckles and it was feared to be a fracture, which could have put him out for six months.

But today his father and trainer Enzo said: "There's nothing broken, it's just badly swollen. We'll give him treatment.

Calzaghe, who had predicted he would knock Reid out in four rounds, only won with a split decision after 12 rounds.


Joe Calzaghe: "My worst performance"
Two US judges scored 116-111 in Calzaghe's favour while the English judge recorded the same score but for Reid.

Calzaghe, now unbeaten in 26 fights, said: "I hit him in the early rounds but he stuck in there and he took the punches and came back.

"He's got a good heart. He got me with some good shots but I lost concentration during the fight. I'm nowhere near my best."

Damaging blows

Reid, the heavier puncher, continually hit the 26-year-old champion with his right but was unable to land the killer blow.

But each round Calzaghe, the quicker man, hit back with damaging punches of his own.

Reid said: "I can't argue with the decision. Joe was the better boxer on the night and I knew I could not catch him for speed."

It was Reid's second defeat in 29 bouts - 14 months ago he lost his WBC against Sugar Boy Malinga of South Africa - his only other defeat.

Woodhall win

In a WBC super-middleweight title fight on the same card, England's Richie Woodhall held on to his title, stopping Italy's Vincenzo Nardiello in the sixth round.

Woodhall won with a left-right combination that stopped Nardiello exactly mid-way through the six.



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