On this Day: April 19

Joe Calzaghe and the Boston Marathon star in our feature on remarkable sporting events that created history on April 19th.

2008 – Calzaghe remains undefeated

Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe ranks as one of the few fighters to have a lengthy career and remain undefeated. Calzaghe fought in the Super-middleweight and Light-heavyweight divisions. He is the longest-reigning super-middleweight world champion in history holding the WBO title for 10 years. He gave the title up to move up to the light-heavyweight division.

On April 19, 2008, Calzaghe had his toughest fight when he travelled to America to fight in Las Vegas against Bernard Hopkins.

The fight started off badly for Calzaghe when he was knocked down in the first round by a solid Hopkins right punch. He got up and as the fight progressed he found his range and landed a lot of punches to get the victory by a split decision.

He fought one more time against Roy Jones Jr. before retiring undefeated on February 5, 2009 with a record of 46 straight wins and 32 knockouts.

1897 – The Boston Marathon’s Inaugural race

The Boston Marathon is hosted by several towns in the greater Boston area in eastern Massachusetts. Its an annual event and is the world’s oldest annual marathon and is one of six World Marathon Majors.

The race is always held on the third Monday in April which is known in America as Patriots’ Day.

The first race took place on April 19, 1897 with 18 participants but has grown to into a massive event. In 1996, the Centennial Boston Marathon became the world’s largest marathon with 38,708 entrants and 35,868 finishers.

Sporting Birthdays

1933 – Harold “Dickie” Bird, cricketer, Test umpire
1956 – Sue Barker, England, tennis star
1970 – Michael Barrow, NFL linebacker
1972 – Rivaldo, Brazilian footballer
1987 – Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player