In October 1995, Calzaghe won the vacant British super-middleweight title, stopping the previously unbeaten Stephen Wilson in the eighth round.

At the end of 1995, Calzaghe was voted Young Boxer of the Year by the Professional Boxing Association and the Boxing Writers' Club, with Barry Mc Guigan's top tipping Calzaghe for 1996: "He punches ferociously, moves superbly and has the best of the European technique and US aggression." After beginning 1996 with two more quick knockouts over Guy Stanford and Anthony Brooks, he successfully defended his British title with an easier-than-expected fifth round stoppage of the tough undefeated puncher Mark Delaney (21–0).

Warren, who had managed Nigel Benn for his first twenty fights, declared: "Joe Calzaghe is a far better prospect, in fact he is my fighter for the new millennium." Calzaghe continued his winning ways in 1997, defeating Carlos Christie, the unbeaten Tyler Hughes and the 45–2 Luciano Torres.

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This made Calzaghe the first Welsh winner of this award since show jumper David Broome in 1960.

He was awarded the Young Boxer of the Year Award in 1995.

Calzaghe emerged victorious over the two-time WBO champion, knocking the granite chinned Eubank down in the opening seconds and claiming a unanimous points win.

The judges scored the contest 118–110, 118–109, and 116–111 in favour of Calzaghe.

He attended Roots School System and still lives in the area.

Calzaghe was the first person to be awarded the Freedom of Caerphilly, his home county, in 2009.

Frank Bruno bill the following month, halting 23 fight veteran Paul Hanlon in one round.

By September 1995, Calzaghe had won thirteen out of thirteen fights, including seven in the first round and two in the second, including quickfire victories over the highly experienced American duo of Frank Minton and Robert Curry, with only the fully fledged British Light Heavyweight Bobbie Joe Edwards lasting the distance.

The fight with Collins was arranged, but at a late stage Collins withdrew because of injury, was stripped of his title, and then retired.