Boxing: Calzaghe still hungry after 16th title win

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Joe Calzaghe never wanted a rematch with Mario Veit and he never wanted to fight in Germany, but on Saturday night he fought intelligently to stop Veit in six rounds.

Joe Calzaghe never wanted a rematch with Mario Veit and he never wanted to fight in Germany, but on Saturday night he fought intelligently to stop Veit in six rounds.

Calzaghe, 33, retained his World Boxing Organisation super-middleweight title for the 16th time and is now, so he claims, looking for another title or two. In Brunswick on Saturday night he looked as composed and aggressive as he had in any other fight, which is surprising considering his on-going divorce problems and an unintentional break of six months.

In 2001, Veit was knocked out in just 112 seconds and Calzaghe had claimed that he would do the same in their totally unnecessary rematch. By round five Veit was ready to go and was knocked down for the first time, but somehow survived until the bell. He had no chance in round six when he was again sent sprawling.

Calzaghe insists that he wants to meet the winner of the August International Boxing Federation super-middleweight fight between American Jeff Lacey and Robin Reid, who in 1999 lost a split decision to Calzaghe.

"I am not yet running out of time, but I admit I do have to keep my eye on the clock and hopefully, without injury, I can start making up some of the lost ground," Calzaghe said.

There is also a possibility that, after eight years as champion, Calzaghe will decide to move up in weight and challenge Sheffield's Clinton Woods for the IBF light-heavyweight title.

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