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Calzaghe can laugh about lone "loss'

Joe Calzaghe had his day with the local media Wednesday, though there was still lots of buzz from Jeff Lacy's appearance the day before.

Though one of boxing's nicer guys, Lacy is notorious for his diminishing attitude as he gets closer to fight night.

Two Showtime employees said Lacy was in the foulest mood that they have seen in eight years of working with him. Some local writers noted in Wednesday's newspaper that Lacy was "cold."

Calzaghe was downright giddy by comparison, smiling and joking with writers before a light workout. He even handled a question that probably wouldn't go over too well with some American athletes.

When talking about Calzaghe's perfect record, one writer suggested that he was forgetting a recent loss.

"When," said Calzaghe?

"With your ex," the writer said.

Calzaghe broke out laughing. Reports had him paying $2-million to his ex-wife Mandy, settling an acrimonious 18-month divorce proceeding last year.

"You never win that one," Calzaghe said.

DAMN YANKEES: Other fighters from the area are circling around Calzaghe in support.

Clinton Woods, the IBF light heavyweight champ, told the Sheffield Today that he was pulling hard for the fighter he has often publicly bickered with.

"Me and Joe had our differences, but he's a British fighter and when British fighters are boxing for world titles, especially against a Yank, you have to put all differences aside and support your own."

Former middleweight champ Nigel Benntold the Sun that Calzaghe would hurt Lacy.

"(Lacy) has fast hands and packs a heavy punch but his chin has yet to be tested - Joe will do that."

And of course Robin Reid, who went the distance with Calzaghe but was stopped after seven rounds by Lacy, says the St. Petersburg fighter will "definitely" get knocked out.

HOT TICKET: The 2 a.m. local start isn't popular, but still, 16,000 tickets have been sold and promoter Frank Warren thinks a sellout of 20,000 is possible for Saturday.

INSIDE DOPE: Fans can go to Sho.com/site/ boxing/podcasts.do to get behind-the-scenes fight access through podcasts and vodcasts for this weeks' fight.

THE END IS NEAR: The fighters are scheduled for a 2 p.m. news conference today.

- JOHN COTEY, Times staff writer

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