Former World Champion Joe Calzaghe has sent a message of support to Ultimate Boxxer 5 contender Kaan Hawes ahead of the September 20 fight-night.

Legendary Welshman Calzaghe – who held world titles in two weight divisions – urged Hawes to seize his opportunity in front of the BT Sport cameras, with Hawes posting the message of good luck to his twitter account.

Calzaghe enjoyed an illustrious career, retiring in 2009 as an undefeated world champion with 46 wins from his 46 professional bouts, with 32 victories by way of knockout.

Hawes will become the first man to compete in two Ultimate Boxxer showdowns when he enters the Indigo at the O2 later this month, after the 33-year-old competed in Ultimate Boxxer 3 earlier this year.

‘It was a total shock to receive the message, but obviously to get support from such a legend – a true great of boxing – is incredible. Hopefully I can deliver on the night at the Indigo,’ said Hawes.

The Witham fighter – who comes into UB5 with a 5-1-1 record – will face Joshua Ejakpovi in the quarter-finals.

 

INFORMATION:

Tickets for Ultimate Boxxer 5 are still available at www.ultimateboxxer.com/tickets. All of the action will be live on BT Sport and the BT Sport YouTube channel from 8pm on September 20.