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Boxing: Madison Square Garden? I'll fight Hopkins in his OWN back garden!

Byline: By OLIVER HOLT, Chief Sports Writer

TRIUMPHANT Joe Calzaghe last night dared American great Bernard Hopkins to stop talking the talk and agree to a pounds 10million superfight in America next March.

Calzaghe cemented his claim to greatness by destroying Dane Mikkel Kessler in Cardiff in the early hours of yesterday morning to become the undisputed world super-middleweight champion.

Then he turned his attention to Hopkins and roared: "I'll go and fight him in his garden if that's what it takes."

Hopkins has backed out of a fight with him once before but a few months ago publicly called on Calzaghe to face him in a New York showdown.

"Bernard Hopkins should have a bit of balls for a change," Calzaghe said. "This time, let's hope he doesn't back out."

Calzaghe's unanimous points victory in front of 50,000 fans at the Millennium Stadium gave the Welshman Kessler's WBA and WBC belts to go with his WBO title. After the fight, Calzaghe said he had nothing left to prove in his division and wanted to move up to light-heavyweight to face one-time middleweight colossus Hopkins, now 43.

The clash, already being pencilled in for March either at Yankee Stadium or Madison Square Garden in New York, would earn Calzaghe about pounds 5m, twice what he got for beating Kessler.

Calzaghe said: "I've been 10 years a champ and won four belts, what else is there to do? All those guys, Roy Jones, Bernard Hopkins, let's do it...I just want big fights now."

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MIGHTY JOE: Calzaghe after his win early yesterday
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 5, 2007
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