22 Oct 2008

Calzaghe turns down Hopkins rematch

7:41 am on 22 October 2008

The Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe has turned down a return fight against Bernard Hopkins whom he beat in a split decision in a light-heavyweight bout earlier this year in Las Vegas.

Calzaghe is the reigning World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation super-middleweight champion.

But he ruled out the rematch after 43-year-old Hopkins beat the world middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik on points in Atlantic City at the weekend.

Calzaghe says he's beaten Hopkins once and doesn't want to go over old ground.