37 Facts About Enzo Calzaghe

1. Enzo Calzaghe was inducted in to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014.

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2. Enzo Calzaghe was put down by an accidental forearm in the first round.

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3. Enzo Calzaghe said: 'It was one of the toughest fights of my career.

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4. Enzo Calzaghe suffered his first career knockdown in the second round.

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5. Enzo Calzaghe emerged victorious over the two-time WBO champion, shockingly knocking the granite chinned Eubank down in the opening seconds and claiming a unanimous points win.

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6. Enzo Calzaghe is sometimes referred to as the "Pride of Wales", or the "Italian Dragon"[7] in reference to his mixed heritage.

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7. Enzo Calzaghe is the longest-reigning world champion in recent years, having held the WBO Super Middleweight title for over ten years and made 21 successful defenses.

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8. Enzo Calzaghe has showered after his session and is wearing just a tracksuit.

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9. At the age of 36, Enzo Calzaghe has finally hit the international big time.

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10. Enzo Calzaghe thinks the new place, just outside Newbridge in Abercarn, 'feels like a palace'.

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11. Enzo Calzaghe emerged victorious over the two-time champion, knocking Eubank down in the opening seconds and claiming a unanimous points win.

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12. Enzo Calzaghe hangs up his gloves as the best British boxer of his generation and, arguably, the greatest British champ of all time.

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13. Enzo Calzaghe made his professional debut in 1993, defeating Paul Hanlon in one round.

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14. Enzo Calzaghe has won 'Coach of the Year' at the BBC Sports Personality awards, Ring Magazine trainer of the year for 2007 [1] and the Futch–Condon Award, awarded by the Boxing Writers Association of America, for Trainer of the Year 2007.

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15. In 2012, Enzo Calzaghe made a cameo appearance as himself in an episode of the UK TV comedy drama Stella.

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16. Enzo Calzaghe won the 2010 Soccer Aid, a British charity football match with the Rest of the World team beating England, and Joe scored the Rest of the World team's first goal.

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17. Enzo Calzaghe said: "It was one of the toughest fights of my career.

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18. Enzo Calzaghe won by unanimous decision, surpassing the 20 defences made by Bernard Hopkins and Larry Holmes at middleweight and heavyweight respectively.

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19. Enzo Calzaghe gained the IBF title and won every round despite a point being deducted in the 11th for an illegal behind the body punch.

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20. Enzo Calzaghe dominated throughout the fight, with British fight fans chanting "easy" at the American during the last three rounds.

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21. On 10 September 2005, Enzo Calzaghe fought the Kenya boxer Evans Ashira and won by a comfortable unanimous decision over the former Middleweight title challenger, despite breaking his left hand in the third round.

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22. Enzo Calzaghe suffered his first career knockdown in the second round, before rising to halt Mitchell in the very same round.

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23. Enzo Calzaghe dropped him in the third round with a ferocious left uppercut, although McIntyre managed to survive the count.

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24. Enzo Calzaghe was bitter that Reid refused to face him whilst holding the WBC Championship in a unification bout and vowed to beat him.

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25. In 1999, Enzo Calzaghe started out by fighting his domestic rival, Robin Reid.

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26. Enzo Calzaghe emerged victorious over the two-time WBO champion, knocking the granite chinned Eubank down in the opening seconds and claiming a unanimous points win.

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27. Enzo Calzaghe rounded off the year with victories over two experienced opponents in Warren Stowe and Pat Lawlor.

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28. In October 1995, Enzo Calzaghe won the vacant British super-middleweight title, stopping the previously unbeaten Stephen Wilson in the eighth round.

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29. Enzo Calzaghe received his last defeats at the hands of Michael Smyth in the 1990 Welsh ABA Final and Romanian amateur Adrian Opreda at the 1990 European Junior Championships in Prague.

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30. Enzo Calzaghe was the first person to be awarded the Freedom of Caerphilly County Borough, in 2009.

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31. Enzo Calzaghe was born in Hammersmith, London, to an Italian father, Enzo, and a Welsh mother, Jackie.

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32. Enzo Calzaghe was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014.

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33. Enzo Calzaghe is the longest-reigning super-middleweight world champion in boxing history to date, having held the WBO title for over 10 years and making 21 successful defences before moving up to light-heavyweight.

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34. Enzo Calzaghe won 'Coach of the Year' at the BBC Sports Personality awards, The Ring magazine trainer of the year for 2007, and the Futch–Condon Award, awarded by the Boxing Writers Association of America, for Trainer of the Year 2007.

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35. Enzo Calzaghe said of his early life: "Where I come from, in Sardinia, boys like me either became waiters, boxers or footballers.

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36. The family returned to Italy when Enzo Calzaghe was 13 and whilst there he tried to make a career as a footballer—at one point he played on the same team as Gianfranco Zola.

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37. Enzo Calzaghe was born and raised in Bancali, a hamlet of Sassari, in the Italian island of Sardinia.

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