JOE WARNS ROY: DRUGS WON’T WORK
21st September 2008 By Nick Parkinson
Joe Calzaghe is not worrying about Roy Jones Jr taking drugs ahead of their fight – because he insists he would beat him anyway.
Former four-weight world champion Jones tested positive for the anabolic steroid androstenedione back in 2000.
When the UNPUNISHED positive drugs test result was later revealed, Jones’ career slumped and he was knocked out twice in 2004.
Those defeats to Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver left Jones’ once-brilliant career looking over after he had won titles at middleweight, super-middleweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight.
But Jones, 39, has won his last three fights and takes on undefeated Calzaghe in a clash to decide the world’s best light-heavyweight at Madison Square Garden on November 8.
And Welshman Calzaghe, 36, insists he is not worrying about Jones’ links to using performance-enhancing drugs.
He said: “I would hate to fight a cheat and I don’t believe in cheating in any sport. I’m not calling him a cheat and I don’t know what was taken or what happened.
“Me personally, I have to remember to take my Vitamin C every morning – I believe in a fair fight.
“You get tested before every fight by providing a urine sample and I’m happy with that because I would hate to fight a cheat.
“In athletics, a cheat gets disqualified, but in boxing if you get arse kicked and then he’s found to be a cheat, it doesn’t matter because you’ve still got you’re arse kicked.
“But I think I can beat anyone – whether they are on steroids or not.”
After ruling as world super-middleweight champion for over ten years, Calzaghe stepped up a division to beat US star Bernard Hopkins on points in April.
And Calzaghe insists Jones is still a threat to his goal of finishing his career unbeaten.
He said: “I wasn’t excited for the Hopkins fight – but I am for this one.
“Jones is an excellent fighter and I would be a fool if I underestimated him.”
Jones pleads his innocence over his positive test result.
He said: “I took an over-the-counter product which I didn’t know was illegal.
“There’s never been a proscribed list distributed by any of the boxing authorities.
“So you don’t know what you can or can’t take. But I’m no cheat.”