World champ Calzaghe ‘knocked out’ by CBE award


LONDON: World boxing champion Joe Calzaghe (pic) said he was “knocked out” after his unbeaten run as a professional was recognised with the award of a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Birthday Honours List of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

A CBE is just one rank below a knighthood.

For Calzaghe, unbeaten in 45 professional fights and already the holder of the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) medal, this latest award came as a complete surprise.

“For the first time in my life I was knocked out,” said Calzaghe, unbeaten in 45 professional fights.

“It's unbelievable when I think back to when I was a kid that one day I would have achieved so much through boxing, and my teachers laughed at me when I said I was going to be a boxer,” added the 36-year-old Welshman, whose split decision win over Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas in April saw him recognised as the world number one in two weight divisions.

Also receiving a CBE was former England rugby union captain Bill Beaumont. Back in 1980 he led England to a Grand Slam in the then Five Nations tournament and has since gone on to become a leading rugby administrator.

World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio, another ex-England captain, was made an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire). – AFP

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