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Calzaghe plans to call time

Britain's Joe Calzaghe plans to bring the curtain down on his glittering career after his Nov 8 fight against the American Roy Jones Jr.

Joe Calzaghe during the public work-out at his father's gym in Abercarn, Wales.
Joe Calzaghe during the public work-out at his father's gym in Abercarn, Wales.

WASHINGTON // Britain's Joe Calzaghe plans to bring the curtain down on his glittering career after his Nov 8 fight against the American Roy Jones Jr at Madison Square Garden. Welshman Calzaghe, who has a 45-0 record including 32 knockouts, will take on Jones for 'The Ring' magazine's light-heavyweight crown. "It is probably going to be my last fight," the former super-middleweight and light-heavyweight champion said. "I've been fighting for 25 years and I just don't feel like fighting any more.

"Physically, I feel as good as I did four or five years ago. Mentally, it's harder to get motivated for a fight. That's why I only wanted the big fights to finish my career." Calzaghe, 36, first donned a pair of boxing gloves in 1983 before turning professional a decade later. He would dearly love to end his professional career with an unbeaten record. "It's very, very important to me to retire undefeated," he said. "To face a great former champion at such a great arena, it's a fairytale come true."

Jones, 39, is an eight-times former world champion in four weight classes with a 52-4 record including 38 stoppages. For much of his career, he was regarded as the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Three consecutive defeats in 2004 and 2005 - two of them by knockout - diminished his stature but Jones has since claimed three more victories, including a unanimous decision over Felix Trinidad in his last bout in January. Calzaghe has the utmost respect for his opponent.

"Roy Jones is still Roy Jones," he said. "He's a legend." * Agencies