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Calzaghe ends talk of Froch bout

Carl Froch (left) and Jermain Taylor
No-one who watched the fight with Taylor can believe [Froch] is in my class

Joe Calzaghe

Joe Calzaghe says there is no chance of him coming out of retirement to fight WBC super-middleweight king Carl Froch.

Nottingham's Froch renewed his long and bitter pursuit of 37-year-old Calzaghe after Saturday's stunning 12th-round win over Jermain Taylor in Connecticut.

But Newbridge's Calzaghe, who ended his stellar, unbeaten career in February, says he was unimpressed by Froch, 31.

"I wouldn't fight the guy even if I did come out of retirement, which I won't do," he told the South Wales Argus.

Froch, who has won all his 25 fights, said after Saturday's late comeback victory that he would "smash Calzaghe, if he gets his backside out of his armchair".

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But the Welshman, who claims that Froch baulked at a fight with him several years ago, said that the champion was nothing but a "stalker".

"I am sick to death of him [Froch] drumming up free publicity for himself by using my name," Calzaghe, who won all 46 fights in a 15-year career, told the Argus.

"No-one who watched the fight with Taylor can believe he is in my class.

"For the first eight rounds he was like a goalkeeper with no defence, he was being outclassed and outfought by a middleweight who has seen better days.

"To be honest it would be frightening what I could do to him if we fought, he doesn't seem to realise that holding your hands up and defending yourself is a pretty vital part of boxing.

"I couldn't motivate myself knowing how easily I could beat him and possibly hurt him badly.

Nathan [Cleverly] would possibly have too much class for [Froch]

Enzo Calzaghe

"He knows he's got limited options for the future because guys like Mikkel Kessler would destroy him."

Calzaghe's father and trainer Enzo echoed the views of his son and suggested that Froch should be targeting rising Welsh star Nathan Cleverly.

"That would be a cracking fight and Nathan would possibly have too much class for him," said Enzo Calzaghe.

"Froch can't protect himself and Nathan could exploit that. Froch says he's a legend but the only legend from Nottingham is Brian Clough."



see also
Froch challenges Calzaghe again
26 Apr 09 |  Boxing
Trainer demands Froch recognition
27 Apr 09 |  Boxing
Froch stuns Taylor with late show
26 Apr 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
Calzaghe's 10 career highs
05 Feb 09 |  Boxing
Joe Calzaghe's career in photos
12 Nov 08 |  Boxing
Wales' pugilist princes
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The Calzaghe Record
06 Nov 08 |  Boxing
BBC Sport Wales coverage
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