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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 February 2008, 15:51 GMT
Calzaghe aiming to finish Hopkins
By Ben Dirs

Bernard Hopkins (left) and Joe Calzaghe
Hopkins (left) and Calzaghe met at Planet Hollywood in London
Joe Calzaghe vowed to end Bernard Hopkins' illustrious career when the two men came face to face in London to hype their Las Vegas super-fight.

The undisputed super-middleweight champion will fight Hopkins at the light-heavyweight limit on 19 April.

"This will be Bernard Hopkins' last fight," said the 35-year-old Calzaghe.

"He will realise that he's never been in with someone like me. This is a new goal to go to America, fight in his backyard and win."

The 43-year-old Hopkins, who made 20 world title defences as a middleweight, promised that the estimated 8,000 Calzaghe fans expected in Vegas for the bout will witness "the execution of the Brit".

"He'll get a taste of his own medicine. Everyone who Joe fought had to come to the UK, his backyard," said Hopkins.

I am an old man - I just happen to be an old man that can fight

Bernard Hopkins

"You want to be great? Do great things. The USA is the stamp of approval. You have to come to America because I'm the last man standing."

Hopkins added that he is relishing his role as underdog and that age will not be a factor when the two meet at the Thomas and Mack Center.

"This fight is right up my alley. I function better when things are not supposed to go my way," said Hopkins, who defeated Antonio Tarver in 2006 to lay claim to the undisputed light-heavyweight crown.

"We all lose a step here and there and I can't do the things I could do when I was 25 or 26, but you make up for that with other things.

"I am an old man - I just happen to be an old man that can fight. And I've always kept the mentality of the hungry man despite all the championship belts.

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BBC Sport's Ben Dirs

"My ego is not in front of my common sense - I'm preparing for a tough, tough fight. And I don't see anything out there after I beat Joe, so it could end on that note."

Hopkins also pointed out that two of his biggest scalps - Tarver and Winky Wright last July - were, like Calzaghe, southpaws.

Calzaghe, who is undefeated in 44 professional encounters, added that he may only have two more fights left in him.

"I'm 36 in March and at this moment I'm probably in the best shape I've ever been in," said the Newbridge fighter.

"I think I could fight until I'm 40-plus, I've still got the ability. But mentally you've got to keep motivating yourself and I've run out of big names.

"I don't want to keep fighting for money, I want to keep fighting to prove I'm the best, do a (Rocky) Marciano and retire undefeated. This is the buzz that's been missing in some of my fights, it's beautiful, I love it."



SEE ALSO
Round one to Calzaghe
07 Feb 08 |  Boxing
Calzaghe seals Hopkins showdown
23 Jan 08 |  Boxing
Calzaghe v Hopkins 'very close'
10 Dec 07 |  Boxing
Hopkins taunts 'white' Calzaghe
07 Dec 07 |  Boxing
The Calzaghe Record
04 Nov 07 |  Boxing
Inside Team Calzaghe
29 Oct 07 |  Boxing
BBC Sport Wales coverage
31 Dec 07 |  Wales


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