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Sunday, January 25, 1998 Published at 09:24 GMT


Calzaghe cruises to WBO defence
image: [ Calzaghe punishes his opponent ]
Calzaghe punishes his opponent

Unbeaten Welshman Joe Calzaghe retained his World Boxing Organisation super-middleweight belt, stopping Croatian Branco Sobot in the third round in front of his home crowd in Cardiff.

"I said I would win in three and that's what I did," said Calzaghe.

"I want to be the world's undisputed champion and I am feeling very confident."

[ image: Sobot could not escape]
Sobot could not escape
The Welshman, who won his title when he outpointed fellow Briton Chris Eubank in Sheffield last October, made a whirlwind start at the International Arena on Saturday night.

In a contest scheduled for 12 rounds, he landed sharp jabs and crisp combinations on his fellow southpaw and sent the challenger crashing when he landed with a big left uppercut in the third round.

[ image: Stopped in the third]
Stopped in the third
German-based Sobot, a late replacement for American Tarick Salmaci, who pulled out after a row with his management, beat the count but immediately came under renewed punishment.

The champion lashed in blows from all angles prompting the referee to intervene, giving Calzaghe his 24th win.


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