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Joseph William “Joe” Calzaghe, a retired Welsh professional boxer, is the longest-reigning Super Middleweight Champion in history. He held the WBO Middleweight title for over ten years and is also the former WBC, IBF, WBA and The Ring Super Middleweight Champion and The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion.
Calzaghe, a southpaw, started boxing at the age of nine and he won four schoolboy ABA titles and then followed it with three consecutive British ABA titles between 1990 to 1993. In September 1993 he made his successful professional debut against veteran Paul Hanlon by defeating him in one round. Two years from then, Calzaghe fought fifteen fights winning thirteen of them. In October 1995 he won the British Super Middleweight title and by the end of the year Professional Boxing Association voted him to be the Young Boxer of The Year.
Joe Calzaghe defeated British boxing legend Chris Eubank on 11th October 1997 at Sheffield on unanimous points to become the WBO Super Middleweight Champion. He held on to this championship for more than 10years and made 21 successful defenses during this time. Calzaghe made his successful defenses against the likes of German No 1 contender Mario Veit, former WBC World Champion and close friend Richie Woodhall, former IBF World Champion Charles Brewerand many others.
In March 2006, Calzaghe defeated Jeff Lacy to gain the IBF Super Middleweight Title and later on also went on to win the The Ring Championship to become the first Super Middleweight to be recognized as World Champion by Ring Magazine.
In May 2007, Calzaghe accepted Mogens Pelle’s offer of a $5million fight against the unbeaten WBA World Champion Mikkel Kessler. Calzaghe won the bout and unified the WBO, The Ring, The Ring, WBA (Super) and WBC Super Middleweight titles. He then moved on to the light heavyweight weight category and defeated Bernard Hopkins to win The Ring Light Heavyweight Championship.
On 5th February 2009, Joe Calzaghe retired from professional boxing with a record 46-0 and became the 10th World Champion boxer to retire as an undefeated World Champion.
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Former interim Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC Welterweight champion Carlos Condit has been handed a suspension for an indefinite period on medical grounds after he tore his MCL while fighting at UFC 171 this past month, according to a statement released by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation or TDLR.
The Natural Born Killer also partially tore the right meniscus on his knee and has undergone surgery to repair the damage.
According to the statement released by the governing body, Condit, who has already undergone a successful surgery, will remain on the sidelines until the doctors give him the green signal to resume training and return to the sport.
Carlos Condit suffered the injury during his second round defeat at the hands of Tyron Woodley, with the referee stopping the fight and awarding the fight to Woodley on technical knockout after Condit fell down clutching his knee midway through the round.
And in news that is sure to please the UFC and Mixed Martial Arts fans, former UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has offered his help to Condit during the rehabilitation process.
According to Greg Jackson, the former trainer of the Canadian, as soon as he heard the news about Condit injuring his knee, the same injury that he sustained which sidelined him for almost a year back in 2011, GSP got on the phone with him and offered to help Carlos Condit with his injury.
Jackson said that Rush told him that he knows how this thing works and he will have a talk with Carlos and help him out. The two of then broke down how to approach it but now, GSP has sustained an injury himself and will require rehab and Jackson thinks the two could go into rehab together because of the similar nature of the injury.
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