Bernard Hopkins is interested in fighting Joe Calzaghe again. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Current light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins apparently feels there's unfinished business with old rival Joe Calzaghe, and Dan Rafael of ESPN says that Hopkins put feelers out with UK press in Las Vegas today about a rematch:
At brunch and @THEREALBHOP is asking the UK writers if Joel Calzaghe if he wants to unretire for a rematch.
Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KO) lost his light heavyweight belt to Calzaghe in April 2008 by split decision in a bowling shoe ugly fight that was debated by many but is regarded fondly by few. After that win, Calzaghe (who was already the super middleweight champion) fought just once more, beating the shell of Roy Jones Jr in November 2008 in a pay-per-view bomb in Madison Square Garden.
Calzaghe then retired with a record of 46-0 (32 KO), but it's a record many still don't consider truly great, despite the Welshman having never lost a fight. Now 39 years old, Calzaghe has made no serious indication that he's looking to return to the ring, but there has been mild speculation since he retired. The biggest headlines he's made in his time out of the ring came, unfortunately, when he admitted to cocaine usage. He also appeared on the reality show contest "Strictly Come Dancing."
Hopkins, 46, is currently set to defend his championship against Chad Dawson on October 15 on HBO pay-per-view from Newark.
Do you have any real interest in a Hopkins vs Calzaghe rematch, or would it just be a seniors tour-type event in your mind?