No Ordinary Joe: The Autobiography of the Greatest British Boxer of Our Time

No Ordinary Joe: The Autobiography of the Greatest British Boxer of Our Time

Joe Calzaghe, Brian Doogan

IT was once earlier 3 o'clock within the morning whilst Joe Calzaghe skilled the sweetest validation of his expert existence. Victory over Jeff Lacy, a 28-year-old American in comparison to a tender Mike Tyson due to his energy and "take-no-prisoners attitude", left nobody doubtful concerning the international tremendous middleweight champion's talent.

For years, Calzaghe's virtuosity remained a legend of the Welsh valleys. His defeat in 1997 of Chris Eubank introduced him to prominence, successful for him the area Boxing company (WBO) great middleweight identify. yet regardless of a checklist variety of defences of the belt, his occupation lacked a defining contest. an extended line of challengers and ex-titleholders have been disposed of however the greatest names in American boxing shunned the last word showdown he craved. Hand accidents additional obscured the real point of his flair for an artwork he started to study from his father, Enzo, on the age of 8 whilst - encouraged by means of Sugar Ray Leonard - a rolled-up carpet within the relatives domestic in Newbridge grew to become a makeshift heavy bag.

This is the tale of Calzaghe's awesome existence, from his humble beginnings in his place of birth of Newbridge, to his ascent to non-public greatness, turning into the 1st great middleweight boxer to win the prized belt presented via The Ring, the bible of boxing, within the division's close to 20-year history.

One of Britain's best wearing champions, a warrior and working-class hero, this can be the tale of the triumphs and trials that made Calzaghe a legend.

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