Joe Calzaghe has been pursued by Carl Froch for many years
Carl Froch wants Joe Calzaghe to come out of retirement to fight him after retaining his WBC super-middleweight crown against Jermain Taylor.
Nottingham's Froch produced one of the great comebacks to stop Taylor with seconds of the 12th round remaining in their title fight in Connecticut.
Calzaghe, 37, who retired as a two-weight undefeated world champion last February, is a long-time Froch target.
"Maybe the fight could happen, what a big fight it could be," Froch said.
"I'm getting sick of mentioning Joe Calzaghe but he said he's going to give me some respect if I beat Taylor, I've just beat Taylor so if the respect's there maybe the fight's there.
"He has retired but he was talking about maybe coming out of retirement not too long ago and now he's given me a little bit of respect that I deserve, so maybe the fight could happen.
We forced the position and made Carl mandatory, and Joe should have defended against him
Froch promoter Mick Hennessey
"If he gets out of his armchair I will show everybody what I can do."
Froch had been outclassed by Taylor for much of the fight in Mashantucket and the Nottingham fighter was knocked down in the third, the first time he has hit the canvas in his career.
But Froch, 31, kept up the pressure on his 30-year-old opponent and an exhausted Taylor was unable to withstand the Brit's furious late rally.
Froch, who was making the first defence of the title he won against Canada's Jean Pascal last December, is now unbeaten in 25 fights.
Calzaghe, who held the WBO version of the super-middleweight title for more than 11 years, has been called out at regular intervals by the Froch camp over the years.
But the Welshman, who has 46 wins from 46 fights, has usually maintained that Froch was not worthy of facing him.
Calzaghe victims include Chris Eubank, Robin Reid, Richie Woodhall, Charles Brewer, Jeff Lacy, Mikkel Kessler, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr.
Froch's promoter, Mick Hennessey, says that there is "unfinished business" between the his fighter and Calzaghe.
"I just think it's unfinished business for Joe because there's been a big rivalry," Hennessey said.
"We were looking for the fight, we asked for the fight, it wasn't going to happen, so we went after the WBC title.
"We forced the position and made Carl mandatory, and Joe should have defended against him because we all know that when you get two world-class fighters fighting in a British blockbuster nothing beats it.
"Nothing beats it for crowd, atmosphere, TV, anything and Joe should have took that fight, it would have been a massive fight then.
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