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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 December 2007, 19:40 GMT
Calzaghe dismisses Hopkins tirade
Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe come face-to-face in Las Vegas
Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe clashed in Las Vegas on Friday
Joe Calzaghe has laughed off Bernard Hopkins' attempt to intimidate him after they went head-to-head at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Friday.

The pair met at the weigh-in for Ricky Hatton v Floyd Mayweather and sowed the seeds for another big British-US clash.

American Hopkins said he "would never let a white boy beat me" as he tried to taunt super-middleweight king Calzaghe.

"Hopkins, he's the way he is. He's going to get in your face and try to intimidate you," Calzaghe said.

"But it ain't gonna work with me. He tried his mind games but I took it and gave him a bit back - that's what it's all about and I'm buzzing.

"It was fantastic for me to go in and I'd never met Hopkins in person before.

"I was doing some press work and he came in and basically did a head-to-head, got the cameras going.

"That's brilliant, at the end of the day that's the main reason I came over, to try and make the Hopkins fight and that's what sells.

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"Now the public are going to be begging for that fight, hopefully."

Newbridge-born Calzaghe, 35, has long been after a 'super-fight' against former middleweight king Hopkins, although the 42-year-old now fights at light-heavy.

Calzaghe beat Mikkel Kessler last month to become undisputed super-middleweight champion but is now ready to step up to light-heavy to face Hopkins.

But after sampling the atmosphere at the Hatton-Mayweather weigh-in, Calzaghe - speaking on BBC Sport Wales' The Back Page programme - says he is ready to fight in the USA.

More than 6,000 British fans turned up at the MGM Grand and chanted and cheered for Calzaghe as well as main event Hatton.

"It was pretty eventful, I've never seen such a turn-out for a weigh-in," Calzaghe said.

"Just being over here in Vegas at the MGM, seeing all the support Ricky Hatton - and myself - got it makes me even more want to fight now.

"If I can get the Hopkins fight it'd be amazing and now I know that if I come out here, if I get the sort of people come over like Hatton's got, it's a home away from home - it's awesome!"

Yankee Stadium, in New York, is interested in hosting the clash and they could look at staging a fight there rather than Las Vegas.

Hopkins said he would like to aim for a date on or near 4 July to coincide with American Independence Day.

"We have to put a stop to your invasion. You want to put us under the Queen's regime," Hopkins said.

"I'm the black Paul Revere [a hero of the American Revolutionary War] saying, 'the British are coming again'.

"We can make it fun. I will get a red, white and blue costume and a midget band and play 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'. It would be so patriotic."

Calzaghe would favour a fight in the spring and confirmed that Ronald 'Winky' Wright - a Hopkins victim - was a possibility.

Assuming he beat American Wright, 36, a long-reigning light-middleweight champion who has now moved up the divisions, Calzaghe could then face Hopkins in the summer.

  • Listen to The Back Page every Saturday morning on BBC Radio Wales from 0830 GMT.

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