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Calzaghe and Froch trade verbals

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

Joe Calzaghe and Carl Froch have traded insults in a bitter war-of-words.

The British boxing stars verbally clashed after unbeaten Welshman Calzaghe rejected new world champion Froch's call for a domestic showdown.

Calzaghe insists: "He means nothing to America, he doesn't mean anything. He wants a pay day and I'm not going to give him one as I don't like the guy."

Froch retorted: "I think Joe Calzaghe is a little bit thick because his comments are absolutely ridiculous."

Froch won the vacant WBC super middleweight title by beating Jean Pascal on points in Nottingham last Saturday.

The 31-year-old's performance was praised and Englishman Froch wants to take on Welsh hero Calzaghe.

But big box office stars like Chad Dawson, Jermain Taylor and Glen Johnson have also courted Calzaghe as have former victims Bernard Hopkins, Roy Jones Jr and Mikkel Kessler.

Calzaghe, who has indicated several times he intends to retire, dismissed fighting Froch with a verbal tirade.

"His was a good fight to watch and competitive but leagues and leagues below my level," said light-heavyweight number one Calzaghe.

Carl Froch
Joe Calzaghe doesn't knock anyone out thesedays, he slaps for 12 rounds.

WBC super middleweight champions Carl Froch

"The difference is he is 31 but when I won a world title I was 25 and beat a legend like Chris Eubank with more punches and more power.

"Froch keeps mouthing off but he is never going to get a fight with me. It would be a comfortable fight, I think I'd knock the guy out.

"Froch won a vacant title against a fighter who has never fought at world class level, to be a world champion you must beat a world class fighter.

"I find it funny because I don't rate him and if I honestly thought he had something to offer, I might be baited.

"He was exhausted after 12 rounds against a guy I've never heard of.

"Froch has mouthed me off and he doesn't say it with a nice tone, he doesn't say it with any funniness about it, he says it with a dislikeable arrogance and I don't like that.


"I judge people on how they perform in the ring and I see nothing in his performances, his mouth is interesting but his performances aren't."

Calzaghe has, like Froch, enjoyed a superb 2008 as he beat American pound-for-pound greats Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr in the United States.

Although he is considering retirement, American TV giants HBO have told the 36-year-old they are willing to come to the UK if he wants a career finale in Cardiff next summer.

However, Calzaghe said HBO would "not be interested" in Froch.

But Froch reacted angrily to Calzaghe's claims and said: "The way he talks and about me and Jean Pascal not being world class is laughable, it's just ridiculous.

"He fought Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr but he has forgotten that Hopkins is 43 and well, well past his best.

"He got beat against Hopkins in my opinion and many other's peoples opinion, including one of the fight judges because it was a split decision victory.

"Roy Jones Jr is 39-years-old and I would have taken more pleasure refusing a fight with Jones because he should not be fighting the guy.

"And his comments that he'll knock me out? Joe Calzaghe doesn't knock anyone out these days, he slaps for 12 rounds.

"And he got decked against Hopkins and Jones in the first round, if I did that I wouldn't let him off the hook.

"But without getting into a slagging match and looking like I'm over critical, silly and horrible but he must be a little bit thick, because his comments are absolutely ridiculous so he must be a little bit stupid."

see also
Victorious Froch wants Calzaghe
07 Dec 08 |  Boxing
US elite join race for Calzaghe
17 Nov 08 |  Boxing
The Calzaghe Record
06 Nov 08 |  Boxing

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