Originally Posted by Goughy
Great performance and I love him to bits. However, its dubious to say e faught everyone and he may have ducked a few. He has a high proportion of soft defences on his record, along with some very impressive wins.
Never fought Europeans such as Ottke and Michalczewski and none of the Americans (Hopkins, Jones Jr, Tarver) in their prime (though who dodged who is always debatable).
Brilliant win though.
ottke - avoided him like the plague, well known that he was offered the fight and that joe was willing to travel, not interested. ottke was an utter fraud. watch his abortion of a fight with robin reid.
michalczewski - not in joe's weight division.
hopkins - famously agreed to fight joe but doubled his demands by the time it got down to the negotiating table.
jones jr - left for LHW and later HW (against ruiz) by the time calzaghe made a name for himself.
tarver - just why would he take this fight?