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Froch challenges Calzaghe again

Joe Calzaghe has been pursued by Carl Froch for many years
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.


"But now, the excuses Joe had about no one knows him [Froch] in America and American TV is not interested in him have been blown apart, they've been blitzed.

"He [Calzaghe] hasn't been retired that long so, as Carl said, let's get him out of his armchair, sit down - he's a free agent - and we can do some good business together."

Sheffield boxing promoter Dennis Hobson has also tried to tempt Calzaghe out of retirement with a clash against light-heavyweight fighter Clinton Woods.

Calzaghe's former promoter Frank Warren - the pair split acrimoniously last year - has previously said that his former charge could make a comeback.

"If the right fight comes up, if there is somebody there who he feels would be a challenge and if the terms are right, I'm sure he would consider it," Warren said.

"And knowing Joe, he may even take it."

see also
Froch stuns Taylor with late show
26 Apr 09 |  Boxing
Calzaghe next for Woods - Hobson
21 Feb 09 |  Boxing
Warren predicts Calzaghe comeback
08 Feb 09 |  Boxing
Leonard warns of Calzaghe return
07 Feb 09 |  Boxing
Undefeated Calzaghe quits boxing
05 Feb 09 |  Boxing
Calzaghe and Froch trade verbals
12 Dec 08 |  Boxing
Victorious Froch wants Calzaghe
07 Dec 08 |  Boxing
Froch keen on Calzaghe & Taylor
04 Dec 08 |  Boxing
Calzaghe relinquishes world title
05 Jul 08 |  Boxing
Calzaghe laughs off Froch fight
16 Nov 07 |  Boxing
Calzaghe offer not clear - Froch
17 Apr 07 |  Boxing
Froch hoping to entice Calzaghe
27 May 06 |  Boxing
The Calzaghe Record
06 Nov 08 |  Boxing

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