Calzaghe Crowned Bbc Sports Personality

by : Julie Smith

Joe Calzaghe completed the year in which he became the unquestionable World Super Middleweight Champion by being voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The contenders list was determined by a range of newspapers and magazine sport experts, plus a BBC panel and the public vote by phone decided the winner during the show broadcasted from the NEC in Birmingham.

The award definitely went to one of the nations finest sports competitors. This year, the Welsh boxer joined the Super-Middleweight Division with a unanimous point's victory over Denmark's Mikkel Kessler at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium last month. He now stands with a professional record of 44 wins, including 32 knockouts.

It was a night of double celebration for Calzaghe's family as his father Enzo was named Coach of the Year. While accepting the prize, he expressed to be shocked since receiving the award was a massive honor for him. Lewis Hamilton also capped a memorable first season in Formula One by being voted runner-up. In regards to Calzaghe's victory and being the odds favorite Hamilton added: "He's a worthy winner. I just wish he was here so I could meet him," Hamilton told BBC Sport.

On the other hand, Ricky Hatton finished third in the poll only 15 hours after his WBC welterweight title fight defeat in Las Vegas. However, he seemed to be very satisfied with his third place worthier for a boxer with 43 successive wins in his career, including 31 knockouts.

Other big names in the world of sport gathered at Bidmingham's NEC, including Roger Federer, who was named the Overseas Sportsman of the Year for third time and Tom Daley crowned the Young Sports Personality of the Year. The World equestrian Champion, Zara Phillips, 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year was also one of the show's special guests.

Additionally, football legend Sir Bobby Robson picked up the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award and received a standing ovation and huge applause as he made his way to the stage and England Rugby Union achieved the Team of the Year Award.

The end of the ceremony was full of grace, elegance; the BBC Sports Personality was crowned by the public vote and Calzaghe ended the season with another trophy.