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Calzaghe almost certain to retire

Joe Calzaghe
Joe Calzaghe ruled the super-middleweight division for 11 years

Unbeaten Welsh boxing superstar Joe Calzaghe has given his biggest hint yet that he will retire.

The 36-year-old had said his Madison Square Garden victory over Roy Jones Jr would be his last but Calzaghe is being tempted by big-money offers.

However, Calzaghe told BBC Sport: "I will make my final decision after the New Year but I will probably retire."

Carl Froch claimed Calzaghe's old WBC super-middleweight title on Saturday and wants a shot at the Welshman.

Chad Dawson, Jermain Taylor and Glen Johnson are in the queue for a big money showdown with former super-middleweight king Calzaghe.


And his previous victims Bernard Hopkins, Mikkel Kessler and Jones Jr all want rematches with the world light-heavyweight number one who is unbeaten in 46 fights in an 18-year professional career.

Froch, who beat Canada's Jean Pascal on Saturday, is keen for his promoter Mick Hennessy to tempt Calzaghe with enough cash to keep him out of retirement.

Calzaghe, though, said: "Carl who? Who's that guy? Nah."

He added that Froch is "long way off deserving a fight with me" and that he has to "join the list".

Froch is not a big box office name for American TV broadcasters HBO, which is willing to come to the UK for a Calzaghe career finale in Cardiff.

So, if Calzaghe did continue, it would probably be against a big-name American.

Calzaghe, however, has said he "doesn't like rematches" so that would seemingly rule out a reunion with Jones and Hopkins.

see also
Victorious Froch wants Calzaghe
07 Dec 08 |  Boxing
US elite join race for Calzaghe
17 Nov 08 |  Boxing
Joe Calzaghe's career in photos
12 Nov 08 |  Boxing
The Calzaghe Record
06 Nov 08 |  Boxing

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