Sunday, July 22, 2007


There was a great night for Welsh boxing yesterday, as Enzo Maccarinelli successfully defended his cruiserweight title against Wayne Braithwaite, and Gavin Rees beat Frenchman Souleymane M'baye to win the World Boxing Association light welterweight belt.

So Enzo Calzaghe now trains three world champions (the two above and his son Joe) at the famously unplush Newbridge Boxing Club. (It was also a great pleasure to see stablemate Bradley Pryce beat the unlovable Anthony Small to retain his Commonwealth title last week.)

The Enzo Calzaghe story is - if anything - more amazing than Joe's in that he didn't really have any involvement in boxing himself before he walked into the club with his nine year old son a quarter of a century ago.

From bass player to arguably the world's best boxing trainer. What a trip. Hats off to him, as far as I am concerned.

See you at Cardiff in November. Strange to think that I was also at the Lewis/Bruno promotion in '93 where Joe Calzaghe made his pro debut.

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