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Last Updated: Monday, 10 September 2007, 16:55 GMT 17:55 UK
Calzaghe promises stunning show
Joe Calzaghe (left) and Mikkel Kessler
Joe Calzaghe (left) and Mikkel Kessler fight in November
Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe has vowed to produce a performance better than in his fight against Jeff Lacy when he takes on Mikkel Kessler in Cardiff.

WBO super-middleweight champion Calzaghe faces WBC and WBA champion Kessler at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on 3 November.

Both fighters are unbeaten and something has to give, with Calzaghe vowing to produce a stunning display.

"The Jeff Lacy fight was great but this is going to surpass that," he said.

Calzaghe, 35, last fought in April, brushing aside American Peter Manfredo Jr at the Millennium Stadium inside three rounds.

In March 2006 he took on the lauded American Lacy and in a 12-round boxing master-class beat the IBF champion.

The better the opponent the better I perform

Joe Calzaghe

But his clash with the unbeaten Kessler could be even tougher.

"My training for this fight against Kessler is on another level," said Calzaghe.

"I am fighting a legitimate world champion and I need him as much as he needs me.

"The better the opponent the better I perform."

Thirty thousand tickets have already been sold for the fight, which is just under two months away.

Calzaghe's promoter, Frank Warren, is hopeful the record indoor attendance of 63,500 who attended Muhammad Ali's rematch with Leon Spinks will be beaten.

It would be a fitting reward for Calzaghe, who is unbeaten in 43 fights and who has defended his WBO title 20 times.

Warren said: "We're looking to break the record for an indoor event.


"It is also going to be shown in excess of 70 countries and it is the two best fighters in the division coming up against each other."

Despite the large number of Welshmen who are sure to show up and support their man, Kessler insists he will not be overwhelmed by fighting in Calzaghe's backyard.

The Dane said: "It's a shame it's not in my own country but I'm not worried about fighting in Wales.

"I've got the utmost respect for Joe, who is a great champion, but all the pressure is going to be on him.

"I've watched Joe plenty of times and I was ringside to watch him beat Jeff Lacy.

"That was a great fight but this is one we have been talking about for a long time and it is a dream come true that it has happened."

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