Hopkins eyes Calzaghe

BERNARD HOPKINS has insisted he “would love” to step into the ring with Joe Calzaghe.

The Welshman called for a light heavyweight super-fight with the veteran Hopkins immediately after he was crowned undisputed super middleweight champion with a victory over Mikkel Kessler in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Calzaghe’s promoter Frank Warren has called a press conference for today when he is expected to announce the bout, although there are still plenty of major promotional obstacles to overcome.

Hopkins, 42, is a famously tough negotiator and pulled out of an agreed 2003 fight with Calzaghe. But this time around he seems determined to meet the Briton.

Hopkins said: “I would love to entertain his request to fight Bernard Hopkins. I think he understands now and Frank Warren understands that he needs that final stamp of approval from the American boxing writers and the fans.

“He doesn’t have that name of that elite opponent from America on his resume. Bernard Hopkins is the guy that Calzaghe and Frank Warren believe they have to defeat to get that stamp of approval.”

Preferably, Hopkins would like to follow in the steps of Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis and take on Calzaghe at New York’s Yankee Stadium as he says it’s ‘impossible’ he’ll cross the Atlantic for the bout.

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