Joe Calzaghe’s dad’s money is on his boy

The fighting game these days is more about kicking and cages than rings and rope-a-dopes. But that doesn’t mean MMA is the only game in town. On Saturday – the same night UFC heads to Canada to deliver the much awaited rematch between Matt Serra and George St. Pierre – Las Vegas’ glitz and glamour will be watching a big time boxing match between Joe Calzaghe and Bernard Hopkins. As it is with most fights, whether MMA or boxing, the trash talk was abundant between the two gladiators. But Calzaghe, he just doesn’t give a s***.

The undisputed super-middleweight champ said: “Hopkins keeps calling himself a living legend but at the end of the day he’s still lost four fights.

“He’s been beaten four times, which is four times more than I have, so I don’t give a s*** what he says.

“He can talk b******s all he likes — let’s see what happens in the fight.

“My dad Enzo is a good caller of fights and he’s told me that if I fight like I usually do, I’ll beat the s*** out of Hopkins.”

Apparently, Joe learned nothing from Kramer. If you go with Enzo, “You’re crazy.”


[The Sun]: I’ll beat the s*** out of Hopkins

Cincinnati Bengals

Chad Johnson is committed to laying the smacketh down on every citizen of earth

If you ever met Chad Johnson, what would you say? More importantly, what would you want him to say? You might not even know it, but you want him to deliver some gum-flapping, spittle-spraying, momma-ragging trash talk in your direction.

Odds are, you’ll never get close enough to Ocho-Cinco that he’d unload on you, but thanks to his new website you can get all the gum-flapping and momma-ragging minus the spittle. Pretty sweet, huh?

Just plug in your name and then send a personalized message to one of your closest pals by entering their name and phone number.

It goes something like this: “Hey, Jeffrey, this is Chad Johnson …Your boy says you’re a Kansas City fan. I don’t care how many times they win at home or how loud their fans get. Those boys (Chiefs) got no chance!

“… Who they think gonna stop me? I can’t even stop me! … Take some risks. You gotta take the big risks to get the big celebrations … You got a problem with this? Take it up with (your name) … Oh, and don’t forget: `85 in ’07,’ it’s all going down.”

The trash talk is geared toward any team you choose.

For the Patriots, Johnson declares, “I heard your new wide receiver’s over the hill. Me? I’m king of the hill.

Even though end zone celebrations have become rather cliché in recent years, trash talk will always remain in vogue.


[]: No one is immune to Chad Johnson’s trash talk

Pittsburgh Steelers

Hines Ward talks trash about Peyton

In an unprovoked attack, Hines Ward decided to talk a little trash about Peyton Manning.

This is fun. I love the treatment. When you can walk in and see all the players from other teams, there’s nothing they can say to you. You’re on top that whole offseason. I’ve been all over, to L.A., to Vegas, to Miami and seen all the players from all over. Hey, Peyton Manning, I know you’re great and all, but you don’t have a ring. You can be all this, all world, but you don’t have a ring. I have a ring. There’s nothing you can say to me right now.

Damn, Hines, where the hell did that come from? It would’ve been better if Hines talked trash about Eli and Archie at the same time. Just take the whole family down.

Indy isn’t on Pittsburgh’s schedule this year so perhaps they’ll see each other in the playoffs. Too bad they both play offense.


[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]: Steelers’ Hines Ward still basking in the MVP glow