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Monday, 9 December, 2002, 11:57 GMT
Herol Graham v Joe Calzaghe
Herol Graham (left)
How would Calzaghe have fared against Herol Graham?
If Calzaghe came on the scene too late for the big-money middleweight clashes, Herol 'Bomber' Graham peaked just a few years too soon.

A boxer of consummate skill, the Sheffield southpaw came from the same Brendan Ingle stable as Naseem Hamed, and Graham's style had a formative influence on the Prince.

Graham's elusiveness left opponents struggling to lay a glove on him, whilst his punching accuracy saw the points rattle up on the judges' scorecards.

Unfortunately his power did not match his accuracy, and the prospect of an awkward, light-punching boxer did little to attract the American audience.

At his peak, Graham would have proved an intriguing challenger to the likes of Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and Thomas Hearns, but the Bomber was never able to secure the big fights.

Graham would claim the early rounds of a fight with Calzaghe as the Welshman would struggle to come to terms with the man Mike McCallum described as his most awkward opponent.

Calzaghe has proved his boxing skills through a distinguished career as an amateur and professional, though, and would eventually get to grips with the Bomber.

In the later rounds, Calzaghe's heavier punches would take their toll to swing the judges' cards back to the man from Newbridge.

A tough night's work for Calzaghe, but he emerges with the victory.

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09 Dec 02 | Sports Talk
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