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View Poll Results: Who gave Calzaghe his toughest ever fight?
Sakio Bika 7 7.78%
Bernard Hopkins 26 28.89%
Richie Woodhall 2 2.22%
David Starie 0 0%
Omar Sheika 0 0%
Chris Eubank 13 14.44%
Mikkel Kessler 12 13.33%
Robin Reid 29 32.22%
Jeff Lacy 1 1.11%
Other eg Tocker Pudwill etc.. please state 0 0%
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Old 08-22-2008, 05:49 PM   #16
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Reid ultimately paid for a slow start.

I don't think he won a round until the fifth.
It wasnt so much a slow start as Joe was beating Reid clearly till he injured his hand in the 5th.
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Old 08-22-2008, 05:52 PM   #17
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I thought Hopkins beat him so I'll say Hopkins. The Reid fight was bloody close so that's up there too. Kessler third.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:02 PM   #18
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Hopkins
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:10 PM   #19
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Im surprised Brewer isnt even on the poll. After that fight Joe said it was tough, although not as tough as eubank.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:14 PM   #20
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i thought bika gave him a real good test, he also soaked up some punishment and kept on going, either calzaghe was not punching hard or bika has a hell of a chin!!!!
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:16 PM   #21
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Don't take this the wrong way guys but have the people who voted for the Hopkins fight seen the Eubank fight? I though Calzaghe-Eubank was a much harder fight for JC...
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:18 PM   #22
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Im surprised Brewer isn't even on the poll. After that fight Joe said it was tough, although not as tough as eubank.
Yea, Brewer is reported as a messy hard fought one but the scoring wasn't close at all (not as close as those I stook up). I could have perhaps put it up there but you only get ten spots, and I left one for Other ie Brewer... etc..
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:18 PM   #23
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The Bika fight was rough but i dont remember it being that hard on Joe. Lack of motivation and sore hands played their part in much of the mentioned opponents.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:21 PM   #24
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The Hopkins fight wasn't close. 115-112 Calzaghe is a reasonable score with a knockdown.

Calzaghe wasn't even under any sort of threat from round 4 onwards either.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:23 PM   #25
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I didn't score it at the time, but personally I thought the decision could have gone either way at the end, and judging by Joes and Enzos faces I think they did as well.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:25 PM   #26
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They were probably worried about getting screwed over by the judges and also not happy with Joe's performance, which in the end was a reasonable concern considering Bird's scorecard. Get that bitch back in the kitchen
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:27 PM   #27
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I agree, when the final bell went I was more concerned with poor scoring costing Calzaghe the fight away from home rather than thinking he actually deserved to lose.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:32 PM   #28
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Joe fought like shit too, which can't be underestimated. I don't think either looked happy with that performance. Some of it was down to a bad stylistic clash, but he made errors too. He didn't double up on his jab enough before following in behind it which allowed Hopkins to tie him up easily and do his bullshit.

Horrible.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:34 PM   #29
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The scores were clearly filtered through before the announcement. Hopkins face went from a grin to morose, and ****** gained a big cheesy smile.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:41 PM   #30
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The scores were clearly filtered through before the announcement. Hopkins face went from a grin to morose, and ****** gained a big cheesy smile.
That happens a hell of a lot, I always watch the fighters and their corners faces before the verdict is announced.
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