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His first professional fight had been on the undercard of Lennox Lewis-Frank Bruno in the old Cardiff Arms Park in 1993.
He returned 14 years later as the headline act inside the rebuilt venue, by then called the Millennium Stadium.
By the end of the fight Lacy looked like he'd been involved in a car crash. Sometimes you need to be very wary what you wish for.
When Anthony Joshua first appears on the vast screens in Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Saturday evening, the roar of the crowd will pulsate around the venue; the closed roof leaves nowhere for decibels to escape.
Calzaghe puts it on the podium of his most important, alongside victories earlier in his career over Jeff Lacy and Chris Eubank.
The Kessler fight -- one some felt he would lose against the younger, also undefeated Dane -- brought his career full circle.
All the fitness was from the mountains I ran up as a kid."Calzaghe's teens were spent in the gym, sacrificing friendships and adolescent experiences to be the best fighter in the world.
These thoughts were going through his mind when he was preparing in some quiet corner of the thundering Millennium Stadium.
One room has been turned into a museum of Calzaghe's career -- the walls are covered with photographs and posters from his fights; boxing gloves are above the bar and in glass cabinets, as are portraits painted by fans, and a couple of sketches by Enzo.
"No one can take these memories away from us," says Joe as he and Enzo walk around, reminiscing.
Enzo shows us the poster from Calzaghe's first professional fight and starts singing "from the Park to the Gardens", telling the story of his son's opening bout in Cardiff Arms Park to his final one in Madison Square Gardens against Roy Jones Jr.
Admittedly a great amateur, he'd put together a string of victories that whilst solid were debatable to such claims of grandiosity. He was both a powerful, slick puncher and supremely athletic, but against a crafty southpaw like Calzhaghe there was still a huge question mark over whether he had the necessary intelligence to outthink a world champion. From the opening bell it was an absolute clinic from the Welshman.
There was actually a huge clue to what was to unfold way back in Calzaghe's aforementioned fight with Eubank, and the way he'd clawed back from the brink and used a front forward fighter to his own advantage. Commanding the ring with a frightening authority he tagged the American so many times in the early rounds that it must have seemed that someone was dropping an avalanche of boxing gloves on his head. It was the start of what legendary trainer Emmanuel Steward would later call the most 'lop sided title fight in boxing history'. Round after round of Lacy being hit with imperious angles and cruel leather until his spirit was pretty much broken on the rocks like a grounded rudder.
Muhammad Ali called it 'the touch', whilst others call it the execution of class.