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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 May 2006, 13:56 GMT 14:56 UK
Froch hoping to entice Calzaghe
Carl Froch
Froch is now unbeaten in 19 professional fights
Carl Froch hopes to lure Wales' Joe Calzaghe into a world title showdown before the IBF and WBO super middleweight king retires.

Nottingham's Froch defended his British and Commonwealth titles against Belfast's Brian Magee with an 11th-round knockout on Friday.

And Froch is being manoeuvred into a fight with European champion Mger Mkrtchian later this year.

"I know what to do to beat Calzaghe," said the 28-year-old Froch.

"I don't think Calzaghe will fight me unless I put a meaningful title on the line but if I get one of the major belts he could not swerve me.

I was getting the better of Froch but he was good. It is about time I had a bit of luck

Brian Magee

"A unification fight would be excellent and I hope we can do it before he moves up a weight or retires."

Froch's promoter Mick Hennessy said: "We have already started talks about fighting Mkrtchian and it is a fight which could be easily made for later this year.

"Carl will prove himself to be the best fighter in the country bar none. I truly believe he will knock Calzaghe out."

Mkrtchian was knocked out in seven rounds by Calzaghe in 2004 but won the European title from France's Jackson Chanet in April.

Meanwhile, Magee said he has no intention of hanging up his gloves after losing his third fight in 28.

"That was a good fight for television and there are other fights out there for me," said Magee.

"Some guys I have beaten have gone on to fight for world titles. There are plenty of shots I could get.

"I will sit down and have a think about where I go from here. I thought I was getting the better of him but he was good. It is about time I had a bit of luck."


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