I missed to rise to take in last night's fight live. But I've read the BBC report, and it reads to me as if Joe Calzaghe only just squeezed home - against the 43 year old Bernard Hopkins. OK, so Joe retained his unbeaten record, but there must be the question hanging in every-one's mind about whether he is as good as Hopkins was 10 years ago. He could take on another legend, Roy Jones Jr. but such a fight would be no more than a repeat of last night - risking a lot against a man well past his best. Or he could take on the flashy newcomer, Kelly Pavlik, but even that would add nothing to the reputation he so deservedly won when demolishing another rising star, Jeff Lacey, still for me the best win of Joe's career. Joe is already talking up his next fight, which worries me.
Of course, it may be that he needs the money, but I hardly think so. More likely he loves the glory (and who can blame him), but how often have we seen the love of glory lead to one fight too far. Perhaps the only reason for his fans to want 'just one more' is that a fabulous Welsh career can be drawn to a close in Wales. My advice to Joe Calzaghe is to think seriously about hanging up his gloves. He is a legend already. He is still a very handsome man. There is nothing left to prove. Hire an open top bus and tour Wales. I'm sure that Rhodri Morgan will help arrange some sponsorship. Its time to go Joe.