posted on Apr, 12 2003 @ 11:31 AM
JOE CALZAGHE has agreed to defend his world super-middleweight title against William Joppy at the Telewest Arena, Newcastle-on- Tyne, on Saturday, May
The bout is subject to official confirmation from the American's promoter and manager, but Frank Warren is confident Calzaghe will make the 13th
defence of his crown before another 10,000 sell-out crowd on Tyneside.
"The fight has not yet been confirmed but I am 90 per cent it will go ahead," said Warren.
"Everything has been agreed in principal and I expect to be able to confirm the fight in the next few days."
Calzaghe has made a dozen successful defences of the title since beating Chris Eubank five and a half years ago and he is looking for a good
performance against the three-time WBA middleweight champion of the world in the hope of meeting Bernard Hopkins.
His last fight against Tocker Pudwill four months ago lasted less than two rounds, but Joppy, with 34 wins from 37 fights, is expected to provide much
"Joppy is a world-class fighter," said Calzaghe. "This should be one of my toughest fights but I am in the best shape of my life.
"I see this fight though as a stepping stone to Hopkins."