Joe Calzaghe Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Agu 26, 2022 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on May 26, 2022
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About Joe Calzaghe

Joseph William Calzaghe is renowned as former Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe.
Joe Calzaghe is a professional boxer who was active from 1993-2008. He has held the super-middleweight and light-heavyweight world champion titles for the longest.
Joe Calzaghe was an undefeated champion with a boxing record of 46 wins for no losses until his retirement in 2009. He is the only boxer in history to have held major world titles, the WBO (World Boxing Organization) super-middleweight title from 1996-2008, the IBF (International Boxing Federation) light-heavyweight title from 2002-2007, and the WBA (World Boxing Association) (Super) heavyweight title from 2007-2008.
Being a left-handed boxer, Joe Calzaghe adopts the southpaw stance. In this stance, the right hand is forward, and the boxer follows a right-hand jab with a left cross hook. Research claims a southpaw stance grants the player an advantage over their orthodox (right-handed) opponent.
Joe's ambition was to be one of the best British boxers ever, and he has accomplished his goal. Keep reading for more about him!

Joe Calzaghe's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Joe Calzaghe's net worth?

Joe Calzaghe's net worth is estimated to be $15 million. Calzaghe Promotions, a boxing promotion company, was started by Joe and his father, Enzo Calzaghe.
Joe Calzaghe was offered $5 million for his bout with Mikkel Kessler in 2007. Joe also won a court case against his former promoter Frank Warren of Sports Network Limited for $2.8 million in 2009.

How much does Joe Calzaghe earn per year?

Joe Calzaghe's exact salary is unknown, but as a successful professional boxer, he has had a lucrative career. He also owns a boxing promotions company.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Joe Calzaghe?

Joe is 6 ft (188 cm) tall; his physique is ideal for his career as a boxer.

How old is Joe Calzaghe?

Joe Calzaghe's date of birth was on March 23, 1972. He is 50 years old as of March 2022.

Childhood And Education

Joseph William Calzaghe was born in London, England. Joe was born to a Sardinian father, Enzo Calzaghe, and a Welsh mother, Jackie. Joe has two sisters, Melissa and Sonia. Joe's family lived briefly in Sardinia before moving back to London and then to Newbridge, South Wales.
Joe went to Pentwynmawr Primary School, Wales. Joe started playing football (soccer) in high school and joined the local club as a midfielder. Joe developed an interest in boxing when he was eight and got into the Newbridge Amateur Boxing Club at 10. Calzaghe then enrolled at Oakdale Comprehensive School and dropped out before graduation.
As an amateur boxer from 1990-1993, Joe Calzaghe won four ABA British championships and three senior ABA titles (England Boxing National Amateur Championships) across multiple weight categories. His amateur record stands at an impressive 110 wins of 120 matches.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Joe Calzaghe dating?

Joe was married to Mandy Davies from 1994-2005. He has two sons, Connor and Joe Junior.
Joe then was in a relationship with Jo-Emma Larvin (2004-2009) and Kristina Rihanoff (2009-2013).
He is reportedly in a relationship with Lucy Griffiths as of 2022.

Career And Professional Highlights

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Calzaghe made his professional debut in 1993 against Paul Hanlon. He went on to win all his subsequent matches. Calzaghe earned the British championship in the super-middleweight category in 1995 after beating the previous champion, Stephen Wilson. In 1996, Joe defended his British title from the undefeated Mark Delaney. Joe's victories in 1997 included opponents Carlos Christie, Tyler Hughes, and Luciano Torres.
Joe regards his bout with British boxer Chris Eubank on October 11, 1997, for the WBO super-middleweight title as the toughest fight of his life. He won his bout against Branko Sobot with a knockout in the third round in 1998.
Calzaghe was the first person to defeat Juan Carlos Gimenez Ferreyra with a total knockout after nine rounds. He defended and retained his WBO title against multiple opponents, including Robin Reid (1999), British boxer David Starie (2000), Omar Sheika (2000), and erstwhile WBC world champion Richie Woodhall (2000) across his career. Joe also beat the hitherto unbeaten Mario Veit in 2001 and against Tocker Pudwill with a total knockout in 2002.
Former champion Byron Mitchell dealt Joe his first career knockdown in 2003. Joe recovered to beat Mitchell with a total knockout in the second round to retain his title.
Joe won the IBF super-middleweight championship title in 2005 from Jeff Lacy. At the same time, he also won the first Ring super-middleweight title. In 2007, Calzhage won against Kessler in a unification match for the WBC and WBA super-middleweight titles while retaining his WBO and Ring titles.
Joe Calzaghe went up against Peter Manfred Jr. in 2007 and handed over the IBF super-middleweight championship. Joe fought for the first time in the U.S. under the light-heavyweight category against Bernard Hopkins to grab The Ring Light Heavyweight Championship in 2008. It was a challenging fight for Joe and called 'Battle of the Planet.' Joe won against Roy Jones Junior in 2008 to retain The Ring Light Heavyweight Championship.
Joe was the first super-middleweight to be acknowledged as world champion by Ring Magazine. Calzaghe has held the super-middleweight world championships for over a decade and defended over 20 opponents.
His record continued as he switched to the light-heavyweight category, and he has reigned as world champion longer than any active boxer. Joe's record of 46 wins for zero losses is a remarkable feat accomplished by only 15 world champions. Of his 46 wins, 32 wins were by knocking out his opponents.
Ring magazine has named Joe as one of the top 10 active boxers around the globe. As of January 2009, he climbed up to rank three.
Calzaghe is regarded as an undisputed champion as he holds at least two of the world championship titles, WBA and WBO titles. Joe ranks 24 among the greatest fighter of all time and second-best in Europe according to BoxRec, the boxing database (2022).

Charity Work

Calzaghe endorses the Beat Bullying campaign as he was himself bullied in school. Calzaghe played the 2010 Soccer Aid charity match.

What awards has Joe Calzaghe won?

The Professional Boxing Association and the Boxing Writer's Club chose Joe Calzaghe as the Young Boxer of the Year (1995).
Joe Calzaghe is a recipient of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award (2007). The Freedom of Caerphilly County Borough was bestowed on Joe in recognition of his achievements in 2009. He was the first person to receive the honor.
The International Boxing Hall of Fame inducted Joe in 2014.
Joe Calzaghe has held the title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) since 2008. He had previously been inducted as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2003.

Joe Calzaghe's Hobbies And Interests

 Joe is a football (soccer) fan, and his favorite team is Juventus Football Club.

Other Interesting Joe Calzaghe Facts And Trivia

  •  Joe is called 'Pride of Wales' and 'The Italian Dragon.'
  • Joe has been a participant in 'Strictly Come Dancing,' a television dance show.
  • Joe has a fear of flying, especially on small airplanes.
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Joe Calzaghe Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Joseph William Calzaghe

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183 cm

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Child Star?



Former Boxer


Oakdale Comprehensive School

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Enzo Calzaghe, Jackie Calzaghe


Melissa, Sonia Calzaghe
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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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