At the end of the boxing match billed the “Battle of the Superpowers” held Saturday night (November 8) at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Joe Calzaghe came out on top, and proved to be just too much for a 39-year-old Roy Jones Jr.
Supermiddleweight champion Joe Calzaghe added Jones to a long list of defeated opponents on his perfect 46-0 record, with a unanimous 12-round decision, in what might be the final bout for both aging fighters.
Despite being dropped to the canvas in the first round, Calzaghe mounted a comeback immediately, resulting in a bloody one-sided battle.
The Welshman applied constant pressure throughout the fight, and in the seventh opened a deep gash over Jones’ left eye. After an inspection of the cut, the fight was allowed to continue, and the blood flowed from Jones’ face for the remaining rounds.
Calzaghe even taunted Jones at times, dropping his hands to allow the Florida boxer free shots. Jones, however, just couldn’t withstand his trademark punch output, and Calzaghe didn’t let up.
His faithful fans chanted “Super Joe … Super Joe Calzaghe!” and he lived up to the nickname Saturday.
After 12 rounds, all three judges scored the light heavyweight fight 118-109 for Calzaghe, giving the undefeated champ a unanimous decision.
“The Pride of Wales” earned his second huge victory this year. He beat Bernard Hopkins in a split decision in April, and now Jones. He’s now enjoying the victory.
“This year I beat two legends in Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones and I came to the U.S. to do it,” he said. “I took the risk. They didn’t come to me. I’m just so happy. I worked so hard, and it all paid off.”
Following the fight, Jones admitted Joe outworked him, and didn’t make any excuses. “The pitter-pats were harder than I thought,” Jones said. “I don’t know. He won the fight. He definitely won the fight.”
Although Calzaghe has raised the question that the Jones battle was his last fight, he said he would delay a decision until after he discussed his future with his family.
Bernard Hopkins was seated ringside Saturday and is itching for a rematch. He still feels that he won their April bout, as do many others. However, it’s up to Calzaghe to decide if he’d like to retire while on top, or if he wants to risk his untarnished record with a rematch with Hopkins.
Only time will tell. But, Calzaghe is at his peak, and retiring now would keep his boxing legacy intact.
According to CompuBox, Calzaghe landed 344 of the 985 punches — the highest number of punches absorbed by Jones in 31 fights involving him — while Jones connected with just 159 of 475 blows.