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HUNDREDS of fans queued to get a glimpse of boxing idol Joe Calzaghe Joe Calzaghe (born 23 March, 1972 in Hammersmith, London England) is a Welsh boxer of Italian and Welsh descent, who is nicknamed "The Pride of Wales". He currently lives in Cwmbran, Wales, and is one of the pound for pound top 10 boxers in the world according to the Ring Magazine. before he heads to America for his latest fight.
The 36-year-old Newbridge fighter met fans at City Hall in Cardiff on Saturday with his opponent Roy Jones Jr.
Some fans had to be turned away from the 500-capacity hall because demand to see the two prize fighters was so high.
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Calzaghe admitted hewas disappointed not to be fighting in the Millennium Stadium UEFA 5-star rated football stadia
• • [ but promised this would be his best fight yet.
The unbeaten champion told the crowd: "I love you guys.
"It's been a great week for me I've been all over the world but this is the best reception I've had.
"To see so many people come out here to support me is unbelievable."
Jones was clearly stunned by the Welsh support and challenged Calzaghe to a rematch at the Millennium Stadium. He said: "The support from the fans iswhat drives us on as boxers.
I'm so glad I had the opportunity to come to Joe's home town.
"It's going to be one heck of a night and I want to make Joe come back to Cardiff for a rematch so I can feel what it's like to fight over here."
Fans were given free T-shirts and the LordMayor of Cardiff, CounKateLloyd, gave her good luck message to both boxers. She said: "Both Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr have done so much for the sport of boxing and it's wonderful to have them in Cardiff.
"Joe's fights have helped to put Cardiff on the world's sporting map.
"He is a true ambassador for Wales andwewishhim the best of luck inNew York."
Dad-of-two Richard Lewis, from Canton, queued up with his sons to see Calzaghe.
He said: "There's no way we could affordtoget out theretowatch it liveso this is a great chance to show our support. It's really good they've put something like this on for free but I thought the boxers could have been on the stage for longer."
SUPPORT: Welsh boxing hero Joe Calzaghe is mobbed by fans at his City Hall press conference with Roy Jones Jr PICTURES: Andrew James and PA Y; BIG DAY: The queue of fans snaking around City Hall; HEROES: Fromtop, fans queuing outside City Hall, Joe meeting the press, Joe and Roy Jones Jr, a cheekily redressed bust of Alderman David Jones David Jones is a common name, particularly in Wales, and there have been several well-known individuals with this name. Variations include Dave Jones and Davy Jones. , and Joe with his supporters