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Joe Calzaghe's career in photos

Joe Calzaghe clashes with American Tyler Hughes in March 1997

Welshman Joe Calzaghe makes his professional debut in October 1993 and is the British super-middleweight champion two years later

Joe Calzaghe in a tussle with Luciano Torres

Calzaghe knocks out Brazilian Luciano Torres in the final fight before his 1997 world title shot against Chris Eubank

Joe Calzaghe knocks down Chris Eubank

Calzaghe confirms his class as he knocks down the WBO super-middleweight champion Eubank in the first round in Sheffield

Joe Calzaghe is held aloft after winning his world title in October 1887

He proves he is no ordinary Joe as he shocks the experienced Eubank to win his first super-middleweight world title

Joe holds his WBO super-middleweight title aloft

Referee Joe Cortez presents Calzaghe with the WBO super-middleweight belt - he went on to hold it for a record 10 years

Joe Calzaghe unleashes on David Starie

David Starrie is beaten on points by Calzaghe in his fifth world title defence on a Mike Tyson undercard in January 2000 in Manchester

Calzaghe celebrates beating Omar Sheika

Calzaghe drops to his knees after he knocks out American Omar Sheika at Wembley in his sixth defence eight months later

Calzaghe drops Richie Woodhall

By Joe! Calzaghe knocks good mate Richie Woodhall to the canvas in Sheffield in his seventh title defence

Calzaghe celebrates as Mario Viet sees stars

Calzaghe jumps for joy as he floors German Mario Viet in one minute and 52 seconds into his eighth - and quickest - title defence

Calzaghe poses in front of a portrait of Mike Tyson

In the shadow of Iron Mike, Calzaghe gives a news conference before his fight with Will McIntyre on a Tyson undercard in Copenhagen

Cardiff Castle hosts Joe Calzaghe's clash with Byron Mitchell

The setting is fit for a king as Welsh boxing's reigning monarch takes on Miguel Angel Jiminez at Cardiff Castle in 2002

Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton promote their joint top of the bill show

Santas Ricky Hatton and Calzaghe promote their joint top-of-the-bill show in December 2002 - Calzaghe beats Tocker Pudwill

Calzaghe celebrates his win over Evans Ashira

Calzaghe rues his broken left-hand as he beats Evans Ashira one-anded in September 2005 after suffering the injury in the third round

Jeff Lacy suffers the wrath of Calzaghe

Calzaghe confirms his greatness by mauling highly-rated American Jeff Lacy in March 2006, stunning the US boxing fraternity

Lacy is knocked down by Calzaghe

Lacy hits the canvas against Calzaghe in the final round of their super-middleweight unification clash in Manchester in 2006

Joe and Enzo Calzaghe celebrate beating Jeff Lacy

Joe Calzaghe gets a kiss from his dad and trainer Enzo after his one-sided demolition of Lacy

Calzaghe poses as the Wales rugby team ine-up

Calzaghe lines up for the national anthem before Wales' Six Nations clash with Italy, the land of Joe's father, in 2006

Joe Calzaghe shows off his super-middleweight title belt to Welsh classical signer Katherine Jenkins

Welsh stars collide as Joe Calzaghe shows Welsh mezzo-soprano singer Katherine Jenkins

Sakio Bika lands a right hook on Calzaghe

Calzaghe is cut against Sakio Bika - he later accuses him of head-butting in his 19th defence in Manchester in October 2006

Enzo, Joe and Sugar Ray pose for the camera

Trainer and dad Enzo and ring legend Sugar Ray Leonard flank Joe as they promote his fight with Contender star Peter Manfredo Jnr

Calzaghe lets fly against Peter Manfredo Jr

Calzaghe shows Peter Manfredo Jr who is the real deal as he demolishes him inside three rounds of his 20th title defence in April 2007

Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler square up in their pre-fight press conference

Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler enjoy squaring-up ahead of their super-middleweight unification clash in Cardiff in November 2007

Calzaghe goes on the attack against Kessler

Calzaghe goes on the attack as against the dangerous Dane in their three-title showdown in Cardiff

Calzaghe shows off his world titles

Royal flush! Calzaghe shows all that glitters is gold as he unifies the super-middleweight division by beating Kessler on points

Joe Calzaghe and his girlfriend Jo-Emma Lavin

Joe Calzaghe steps out with girlfriend Jo-Emma Lavin at the 2007 BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year awards night

Calzaghe wins the 2007 BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Joe rounds off a fabulous 2007 as he wins the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Calzaghe at the Planet Hollywood casino in Vegas

Viva Las Vegas! Calzaghe takes a gamble to fight in America for the first time against Bernard Hopkins just off the famous Strip

Joe Calzaghe talks to the press before his Vegas super-fight with Bernard Hopkins

Calzaghe goes into media overdrive as he promotes his US debut against middleweight legend Hopkins in Vegas

Joe Calzaghe hits the deck

Calzaghe's American debut gets off to the worst possible start as he is floored by Hopkins in the first round

Bernard Hopkins hits Joe Calzaghe

Calzaghe feels the full force of a Hopkins left in their light-heavyweight mega-fight under the bright lights of Las Vegas

Joe Calzaghe celebrates his controversial points victory over Hopkins

But Calzaghe gets the better of his opponent and expresses his relief as he takes another notable scalp at the age of 36

Calzaghe prepares for his final fight with Roy Jones Jr

Calzaghe prepares for a fitting finale against the multi-weight world champion Roy Jones Jr at New York's Madison Square Garden

Joe Calzaghe is put through his paces by father and trainer Enzo ahead of his clash with Roy Jones Jr in New York

Joe Calzaghe is put through his paces by father and trainer Enzo ahead of his clash with Roy Jones Jr in New York

Both boxers come in just under the 175lb light-heavyweight limit at Friday's weigh-in

Both boxers come in just under the 175lb light-heavyweight limit at Friday's weigh-in

Roy Jones Jr, Joe Calzaghe

As against Hopkins, Calzaghe is dropped to the canvas in the first round as Jones connects with a right hook, more wrist than knuckle

Joe Calzaghe

Calzaghe is stunned both by Jones' first meaningful combination and that he is on the floor in the first, two fights running

Roy Jones Jr, Joe Calzaghe

Jones takes the first two rounds without injury before Calzaghe begins to land several trademark southpaw jabs in the third

Joe Calzaghe, Roy Jones Jr

Both fighters begin to goad each other, despite the violence, showing their chins and grinning at their opponent

Roy Jones Jr, Joe Calzaghe

Blood is drawn by Jones across the bridge of Calzaghe's nose but the Welshman is throwing far more punches in rounds four and five

Joe Calzaghe, Roy Jones Jr

Jones keeps a high guard and is happy to let Calzaghe punch away, picking him off with accurate pot shots

Roy Jones Jr

The fight turns in the seventh round as Calzaghe lands with a right, cutting Jones' left eye and sapping the Pensicola boxer's confidence

Roy Jones Jr's chest

The American's corner seem unable to stem the bleeding, and the ringside doctor is twice called to rule if Jones can continue

Joe Calzaghe, Roy Jones Jr

Instead of having exhausted himself, Calzaghe is encouraged by his opponent's wound and diminishing defences

Roy Jones Jr, Joe Calzaghe

But in the 10th Jones reminds Calzaghe and the crowd why he was a fomer four-weight champion with a decent left hook

Joe Calzaghe

Both fighters, battered and unrelenting, receive the praise of the crowd but it is Calzaghe victorious after 12 tough rounds

Enzo Calzaghe, Joe Calzaghe

The Welshman celebrates the unanimous win, 118-109 points, with his trainer and father, Enzo, undefeated after 46 professional wins

see also
Undefeated Calzaghe quits boxing
05 Feb 09 |  Boxing
Wales' boxing history in photos
24 May 09 |  Boxing
Joe Calzaghe's career
05 Feb 09 |  Boxing
Classy Calzaghe demolishes Jones
09 Nov 08 |  Boxing
Calzaghe rallies to beat Hopkins
20 Apr 08 |  Boxing
Awesome Calzaghe defeats Kessler
04 Nov 07 |  Boxing
Dazzling Calzaghe unifies titles
05 Mar 06 |  Boxing
The Calzaghe Record
06 Nov 08 |  Boxing
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales

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