About 2 months ago the Calzaghe Hopkins fight was announced, I said then that it was a cynical con to make money and it turned out to be quite accurate, following so much hype it should have been a spectacular and it was anything but.
Calzaghe has said many times that he is the best in the world, so what ? most fighters talk like that, he craves that recognition but, his problem is that he never found his way across the pond until he reached the age of 37 yrs. and then against a former great, Hopkins who is around 43 yrs. old maybe more.
Hopkins talked a great fight and the insults flew but the greatest insult of them all was Hopkins decision to make a come back and fight Calzaghe at his age and his time out of the ring. That was like saying I'm coming back because you are not a problem to me and there is money in it.
The fight was predictable and after 2 or 3 rounds it seemed to become pedestrian with no fighter getting a clear advantage, Joe got the decision but his boasts of greatness are hollow he could never win this whatever happened, he left it too late, I think he left it too late deliberately and will never get that recognition he so desires.
What about Hopkins ? I hope he calls it a day, a rematch would damage the sport if Bernard had glanced back at his opponent on leaving the ring he would not have seen Joe, he would have seen an old man with grey hair and flowing beard carrying a scythe. The all time world champion at every weight.