Calzaghe's second defence


Joe Calzaghe, the Welsh southpaw, tonight makes the second defence of his British super- middleweight title against London's World Organ- isation Inter-Continental champion, Mark Delaney, at the Brentwood International Centre in Essex.

The 24-year-old Calzaghe, who won the title last October, has an impressive record of 16 straight wins, with only one going the distance, nine finishing in the first round, and three in the second.

Delaney, a 25-year-old West Ham football fan, has prevailed in all 21 bouts, with 12 opponents beaten inside three rounds, so something has to give in an appealing clash of two unbeaten 12-stone men.

Delaney has been obliged to go the full 12 rounds in three of his last four fights, all for the Inter-Continental title, which indicates that his punching has not been so potent in his step up in class.

It all points to a Calzaghe victory - and if he manages to pick his punches the fight could be all over by the sixth.