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Boxing: I'm not thinking of Calzaghe - Clinton.


CLINTON WOODS is determined to block out any thoughts of a prospective domestic super-fight against Joe Calzaghe ahead of tomorrow's IBF light-heavyweight title defence against Antonio Tarver in Tampa.

Preliminary discussions have taken place about the projected showdown, with Calzaghe expected to keep his side of the bargain when he fights Bernard Hopkins next week.

But Woods knows those big plans will go up in smoke if he fails to get past former champion Tarver.

He said: "It is no secret that if I beat Tarver and Joe beats Hopkins, it is the fight everybody wants - and it is definitely the fight that I want.

"It really would be a super-fight and it is the natural fight to make. I am convinced I am going to beat Tarver and I think Joe will be too fresh for Hopkins, so it should happen.

"But it is not a thought that drives me on. I have got to concentrate on beating Tarver first before I even think about Calzaghe. I am motivated by my family, not by the possibility of fights down the road."

At 35, Woods is only two months younger than Calzaghe and, like the Welshman, knows he does not have too much longer to cash in.

Despite talk of a possible clash with the winner of the other world title fight on the card between Chad Dawson and Glen Johnson, Woods versus Calzaghe would be sure to attract thousands to a British arena.

He said: "I can't see why I'd move back down to super-middleweight again.

There's not many challenges left for me, but Clinton Woods is definitely one of them."

In order to keep his side of the bargain, Woods will be leaving nothing to chance against home favourite Tarver, and is intent on pressing from he start.

Woods added: "I will make sure there is no way you could give the fight to Antonio, so I'm not worried.

"I always find a way to win. But Tarver is a great fighter, so I am looking forward to a great fight."


Clinton Woods (inset); and Joe Calzaghe (main) yesterday
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 11, 2008
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