No Ordinary Joe: Joe Calzaghe talks Jeff Lacy, Chris Eubank, Naseem Hamed and more

Posted: May 19, 2012 in Book reviews

Joe Calzaghe’s autobiography offers an enthralling insight into the mindset of a true champion.

The Welsh legend retired an undefeated king after 46 professional bouts at super-middleweight and light-heavyweight and this book proves to be another success story for him.

This is a story of Calzaghe’s hell-bent focus on proving the doubters wrong – from his humble beginnings in his hometown of Newbridge, to his career defining, blockbuster victory against Jeff Lacy in 2006.

Joe reflects on a career in which he was constantly having to contend with hand injuries. This explains why there were often average performances against mediocre opponents in the middle sector of his career.

There are some hilarious moments too – none other than when Joe describes the tense moment when former world cruiserweight champion Carl Thompson loses his temper with a teasing Naseem Hamed on a plane trip to America.

The charismatic Hamed is mentioned again following an airport

Joe Calzaghe

brawl with one of Joe’s greatest rivals early in his career, Chris Eubank.

Unfortunately, the book fails to go any further than Joe’s simple third round stoppage victory over Peter Manfredo in 2007 – therefore missing arguably some of his most eye-catching wins against Mikkel Kessler, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones.

Similar to his tremendous winning record in the ring, there are occasions when Joe becomes repetitive during the book.

But this is certainly worth a read for any boxing fan.

Lincboxing rating: 7/10

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