Originally Posted by Brit Sillynanny
Listen .. in a lousy era, in a weak division, with few decent opponents when the opportunity was available to put together competitive athletes in the ring like Calz and Sheika you should want to see a satisfactory conclusion not a ref stoppage due to a cut. Sheika was better than more than half of the fighters Joe defended against. A rematch with Sheika - due to it ending the way it did - should be something you are in favor of. You can believe Joe would have won in any event but surely a rematch would have made for a far more interesting and competitive fight than about a dozen of his other defenses during his career.
Well ok, I would grant him that rematch, but he would lose again, because evee though Sheika at his leanest and meanest was a good fighter, Calzaghe BEAT him, and would always beat him one on one. Well, give or take a few freak accidents.
I like this fight, 17-0 Calzaghe vs 22-0 Eastend "hardman". Mark Delaney. Delaney had a hardcore following, his brother was cruiserweight Garry "The Hammer" Delaney, who is now in jail for manslaughter, he beat a man to death.
The fight takes place in Essex, it is very much Delaneys home venue, Delaneys fans abuse Calzaghe and spit on him.
Calzaghe responds in kind to Delaney..