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Calzaghe-Kessler Hype Machine: Calzaghe v. Mitchell, 2003

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Byron Mitchell was known as "The Slama from 'Bama," a tough, heavy-handed puncher who had twice won the WBA super middleweight belt. In his previous fight, he'd lost his strap to IBF champion Sven Ottke in a controversial split decision, so he took to the ring three and a half months later to face WBO champion Joe Calzaghe in Cardiff.

Mitchell lost three fights in his career, all in Europe. He went 23-0-1 in the States, and 2-3 abroad. The fight with Calzaghe would be his last.

He took the fight to Calzaghe, and tried to rough up the flashy, quick-handed Pride of Wales. Here's what happened.

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