Hopkins and Calzaghe Confirm Battle of the Planet

    Legendary fight to take place in the PH Ring on April 19 Tickets On Sale

    LAS VEGAS, Feb. 7 /CNW/ -- Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe, fighters
with a combined 43 wins in world championship bouts met today in London to
confirm that on Saturday, April 19, in the Planet Hollywood (PH) Ring in Las
Vegas, Nevada, in a rare contest between linear champions, light heavyweight
champion Hopkins will defend his title against Calzaghe, the undisputed super
middleweight champion, in a 12-round bout for Hopkins' Ring Magazine Light
Heavyweight World Championship to determine the true premier champion of this
    (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080207/LATH140)
    Tickets for Hopkins vs. Calzaghe "Battle of the Planet" are now on sale
and priced at $1500, $1200, $450, $350 and $250, and may be purchased by
calling 866-USFIGHT or online at planethollywood.com.
    "I respect what Joe Calzaghe has accomplished in this game over the
years, but he will be stepping into a different realm on April 19th," said
Hopkins today in London.  "All Joe's other American opponents had to go to
Wales or England -- let's see how Joe performs in the United States -- the USA
is the stamp of approval. There's old Poppy Hopkins standing at the gate of
America waiting for Joe to bring the key to try and open the door."
    "This will be Bernard's last fight -- I am going to be a legend after
this fight. I'm going over there to win and you will see an awesome
performance," said Calzaghe at today's press conference in London. "I've
trained like a challenger every single fight, that's why I have been a
champion for ten years. I'll be in the best shape, enough to do 15, 20 rounds.
You haven't seen Hopkins flat out on his back yet-you will in the PH Ring on
April 19."
    Hopkins-Calzaghe is presented by Golden Boy Promotions, Frank Warren's
Sports Network and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and will take place in the
PH Ring at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, April 19.

For further information:

For further information: Ramiro Gonzalez, or Monica Sears, both of
Golden  Boy Promotions, +1-213-489-5631; or Richard Maynard of Sports Network,
011 44  7710 323 962; or Kelly Swanson of Swanson Communications,
+1-202-783-5500, for  Bernard Hopkins; or Fred Sternburg of Sternburg Comm.,
+1-303-740-7746, for Joe  Calzaghe; or Amy Sadowsky of Planet Hollywood Resort
& Casino, +1-702-785-9155;  or Dawn Sousa of Thomas & Mack Center,
+1-702-895-1117 Web Site: http://www.planethollywood.com

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