On This Day in Boxing
Joe Calzaghe W KO7 Mger Mkrtchian, 21st February 2004.
Calzaghe moved to 37 - 0 and retained his WBO World Super Middleweight Title with an emphatic stoppage victory over his Armenian challenger.
Mkrtchian was inexperienced at the top level, but his only career defeat prior to facing Calzaghe had come at the hands of future world champion Denis Inkin. The 'Pride of Wales' built up a big lead on the cards in the first half of the fight before he brought a sudden end to proceedings in the seventh round. Calzaghe dropped Mkrtchian with a blistering barrage of punches and, despite the Armenian beating the count, he was deemed unable to continue by the match referee.
Calzaghe went on to register notable wins over Jeff Lacy and Sakio Bika before defeating the then unbeaten, 39-0, Mikkel Kessler to unify the WBO, WBC and WBA Super World Super Middleweight Titles. The Welsh wizard then moved up in weight to defeat the legendary Bernard Hopkins for The Ring light heavyweight title and defended the title against the great Roy Jones Jr. in his final professional contest.
He retired with a perfect record of 46 (32 KOs) - 0 and remains one of the greatest World champions that Britain has ever produced.
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On this day in @history (2/19/2005)
#BernardHopkins gets a big win over
#HowardEastman in Los Angeles after 12
rounds to retain his World Middleweight Title.
(Ps) Referee: Raul Caiz Jr. | Judge: Lou Filippo 119-110
Judge: Daniel Van de Wiele 117-111 | Judge: Ken Morita 116-112 (pps) this was #Hopkins 20th successful Title defense!!!!!!!!!!