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Saturday, 13 October, 2001, 20:56 GMT 21:56 UK
Calzaghe douses Kid Fire
Joe Calzaghe and Will McIntyre
Calzaghe (right) was too good for his challenger
Joe Calzaghe retained his World Boxing Organisation Super-middleweight title with a four round stoppage of American Will 'Kid Fire' McIntyre.

The 29-year-old Welshman remains undefeated and will now hope to go on and fight another American, the light-heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jnr.


I'm the best, the number one in this division, and I've proved it again and again. Now I want Roy Jones and Bernard Hopkins.
Joe Calzaghe

Calazghe, Britain's longest reigning champion, floored his man twice in an outstanding demonstration of his talent.

He dropped the American in the third round with a ferocious left uppercut, although the challenger managed to beat the count

But the end was not long in coming, Calzaghe flooring McIntyre again at the start of the fourth round and this time the referee called a halt to proceedings.


Hand speed did the trick as usual. I think the referee should have stopped the fight in the third round to be honest.
Joe Calzaghe

The undefeated Calzaghe improved his record to 32 wins with 27 KOs, while McIntyre of Bogalusa, Louisiana, drops to 29 wins with three defeats with 13 KOs.

Calzaghe is now looking for a unification fight with WBC champion Eric Lucas of Canada, or the 1996 Olympic gold medallist David Reid.

In other significant action on the card, heavyweight Ray Mercer defeated Brian Scott by second-round knockout.

The 40-year-old Olympic gold medallist from 1988 is expected to fight WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko next.

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BBC boxing correspondent John Rawling
"This was as emphatic a win as you could wish to see"
Joe Calzaghe
"I couldn't ask for a better performance"
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