Calzaghe Shot Down by Hopkins; February Bout With Kessler Possible

Bernard Hopkins has said that he will not come out of retirement to fight Joe Calzaghe and will only do so if he can challenge Oleg Maskaev for the WBC Heavyweight belt.

Calzaghe recently challenged Hopkins after his victory over Sakio Bika this past Saturday night, stating that Hopkins would probably love to fight him. Well, Bernard thinks differently…

“It’s not that Calzaghe is not worthy of the fight. He is. He has become a major player in boxing,” Hopkins said. “But to me, it’s going backwards. That’s not a bigger fight than me beating the heavyweight champ of the world. I cannot get the satisfaction or gratification fighting Calzaghe. I would be the underdog against Maskaev, but not necessarily against Calzaghe. I just don’t see that fight being as big as a Maskaev fight.”

Now that Hopkins is out of the picture, this paves the way for a unification bout between Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler. Promoters for both fighters have been reportedly talking for the past couple of days in hopes of setting up a fight between the two as early as February of next year.

Unlike I reported earlier, the talks in getting the bout done may not be as hard as originally thought…

Kessler’s camp is now saying that him coming over to England to fight is not out of the realm of possibility, especially if the price is right. Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales would probably be the most likely spot to have the fight.


Posted by John Chandler on Oct 19, 2006 at 05:33 PM