Today, Welsh living legend Joe Calzaghe has become a first ballot inductee to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The induction will take place at the annual ceremonial weekend on June 5-8th 2014, at the upstate New York village of Canastota. The 25th class of inductees, which also includes Oscar De La Hoya and Tito Trinidad, were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. 41-year-old Calzaghe has become the fourth Welshman to enter the International Hall of Fame and the first since ‘The Wizard’ Freddie Welsh joined in 1997. The other Welsh inductees are ‘Peerless’ Jim Driscoll and Jimmy Wilde who were both successfully balloted in 1990. In 2008, Calzaghe fought for the final time and he capped off an undefeated 46 fight career that saw him unify all the super-middleweight world titles and become The Ring magazine’s light-heavyweight champion. In the eleven years that Calzaghe was a world champion, he fought in 24 title fights and overcame opposition such as Roy Jones Jnr, Bernard Hopkins, Mikkel Kessler, Jeff Lacy and Chris Eubank. Calzaghe, who spent his whole career trained by his father Enzo in Newbridge, had heavy influence in paving the way for fellow Welshmen Nathan Cleverly, Enzo Maccarinelli and Gavin Rees winning their own world titles.

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