'We'll geta warm welcome in Wales'.
Joe Calzaghe could be set for a multi-million pound fight at the Millennium Stadium this summer after his remarkable super-middleweight unification success against Jeff Lacy last weekend.
The Newbridge star's promoter Frank Warren has revealed that he wants a 'homecoming' showdown in Cardiff this July and that light-heavyweight Antonio Tarver and former greats Roy Jones Junior and Bernard Hopkins are possible opponents.
'Joe will fight in July and I want to put it on in Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium,' said Warren.
'We want a homecoming.
'The Lacy fight would have been at the Millennium Stadium had it not been for the rugby.
'If we can get some support from Cardiff council and so forth there shouldn't be a problem.
'You wouldn't get a 70,000 full house but I think, given the right opponent, we could get 45,000.'
Warren said that would be on a par with the great Nigel Benn-Chris Eubank tussle of the early 90s.
And he also pledged to look into financing a statue in honour of Calzaghe.
'I did Nigel Benn v Chris Eubank with Barry Hearn and Don King and we got 45,000,' he added.
'Joe against an Antonio Tarver, Joe against a Jermain Taylor and I don't see why we couldn't get 45,000 people in.
'The one thing about Wales, and I can't think of another country like it, is that they honour as well as support their fighters.
'They have four statues to different fighters erected there.
'And I'll tell you something, I want to know the cost of a statue for Joe and I'll put the money up for it.'
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|Publication:||South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Mar 10, 2006|
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