LONDON -- Promoter Frank Warren is encouraged to hear Bernard Hopkins is ready to fight Joe Calzaghe. Unfortunately, he's heard it before.
After unifying three super-middleweight world titles Sunday to take his record to 44-0, Calzaghe wants to step up to light heavyweight and take on Hopkins.
Hopkins, a standout middleweight who successfully moved up two divisions to win another world title, responded by saying he welcomed the fight but on his terms.
That, Warren said, is where there could be problems.
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"We did a deal with Bernard Hopkins. It took us 30 minutes to do the deal five or six years ago," Calzaghe's promoter said Tuesday. "We agreed to terms, the lawyers were on the telephone, everything's done. Twenty-four hours later, Hopkins demanded double the amount of money."
The fight never happened, and now Warren is trying to push them together at light heavyweight.
Hopkins was quoted on ESPN.com on Monday as saying he would look at what he would get out of a fight against Calzaghe. He argued that the Welshman needed the fight to gain true recognition in the United States.
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