Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Calzaghe -- Once again trolling for an opponent

WBO super-middleweight titlist Joe Calzaghe is once again making noise about fighting someone other than a truly top contender.

Calzaghe, in an article appearing on the BBC webpage, says he is looking for warm-up match as he waits for Jeff Lacy. The truth is, for most of his title reign he has feasted on a steady diet of warm-ups.

He also continued his claim to want a light-heavyweight title fight -- though based on his focus on Clinton Woods, there is ample evidence that he wants to go the easiest route possible.

Lacy stands in stark contrast to Calzaghe in that he wants to engage the best opponents now and not when he approaches his mid-30s. What good is a long title reign if all of the champion's opponents are journeymen.

The best champions face the best available contenders irrespective of alphabet sanctioning bodies.

So when I hear that Calzaghe is once again going to square off against a less-than-stellar opponent, I just want to say to Joe, say it ain't so Joe, say it ain't so.

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