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Joe Calzaghe vs Branko Sobot

Joe Calzaghe vs Branko Sobot

Date: 11th October 1997

Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales

Title: WBO World Super-middleweight Title

Promoter: Frank Warren

Tv: Sky Sports

Joe Calzaghe
( 23 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 167 3/4 lbs

Branko Sobot
( 14 - 1 - 0 )
Weight: 166 1/2 lbs

Hometown first defences are sometimes not the most challenging assignments and newly crowned WBO Super-middleweight champion Calzaghe was given a gift in Croatia's Branko Sobot. True, Sobot had only been beaten once, to Frenchman Hacine Cherifi for the European middleweight title, but there were no other notable names on his 14-1 ledger.

The Welsh fans came out to see their new champion and he gave them what they came to see, as he systematically dismantled Sobot, a native of Zagreb, Croatia.

Referee Paul Thomas stopped the fight at 1:35 of the 3rd round.

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Joe Calzaghe vs Branko Sobot

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