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Last Updated: Monday, 8 August 2005, 05:56 GMT 06:56 UK
Calzaghe bullish as Lacy beckons
Jeff Lacy
Joe Calzaghe refused to be cowed by Jeff Lacy's display in defending his IBF title against Robin Reid.

Lacy stopped Reid in seven rounds on Saturday and now meets Calzaghe in Cardiff on 5 November.

Calzaghe said: "I prefer fighters who come forward throwing big punches, and Lacy's style is made for me.

"That was probably Lacy's best performance yet and impressed me, but it's hard to say how good Lacy is because Reid was so poor."

For Lacy's fight against Calzaghe to happen, the Welshman must first come through the 16th defence of his WBO super middleweight crown.

Calzaghe, 32, is set to fight America's Scott Pemberton in Cardiff on 10 September, and he is determined to keep his focus ahead of that first fight.

"We've seen in recent months the older experienced champion lose to the younger challenger," he said.

"Kostya Tszyu lost to Ricky Hatton and Jermain Taylor defeated Bernard Hopkins, but that will not happen to me.

"I train as a challenger and I'm hungrier than ever."

Lacy, a Sydney 2000 Olympian, was in confident mood after his destruction of Reid.

He said: "It doesn't matter if you put me in Kathmandu or Wales - I'll go anywhere, and I'll be ready for Calzaghe."




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