Carl Froch wants to come out of retirement to fight Joe Calzaghe

‘He knows he’d get absolutely flattened’: Carl Froch, 42, wants to fight Joe Calzaghe, 48, and calls on old rival to come out of retirement to ‘set it straight’ later this year

  • Carl Froch is prepared to come out of retirement to fight old rival Joe Calzaghe 
  • He was approached by Eddie Hearn to take part in a virtual press conference 
  • But the 42-year-old fancies a shot at getting back in the ring later this year 
  • The former world champion claimed he would ‘absolutely flatten’ the Welshman

Carl Froch is prepared to come out of retirement to fight Joe Calzaghe later this year to finally ‘set the record straight’.

Froch talked up the potential of a clash with his old rival after being approached to take part in a virtual press conference by his former promoter Eddie Hearn.

But the 42-year-old is keen to get back in the ring after retiring in 2015 and has challenged Calzaghe to a bout later this year.

Carl Froch is prepared to come out of retirement to fight old rival Joe Calzaghe later this year

Froch has challenged the Welshman to take up the offer but claimed he would get flattened

‘Eddie Hearn sends me a message saying, “I’m doing some virtual press conferences, I’m thinking about getting you and Calzaghe on,”‘ Froch explained on his Froch on Fighting podcast.

‘I thought, “He’s probably not gonna get Calzaghe on, he probably won’t fancy it.”

‘I said to him, “Forget the virtual one, we’ll do the press conference, but if we can get him out of retirement, I fancy a bit of that.”

‘I’ve always said I’ll come out of retirement for the right dance partner. Obviously I’m not gonna jump in there with a current world champion who’s been active, but someone like Joe Calzaghe, I mean, I’m not being funny.

‘I don’t wanna be horrible or disrespectful in any way, but it’s gonna sound like I am, even though I’m not, but have you seen the state of him?

Froch was Calzaghe’s mandatory challenger in 2008 before he vacated his middle-weight title

‘Have you seen the size of his head? I don’t know why it’s swollen up so badly. He looks like he’s got high blood pressure. He looks a bit of a mess.   

‘So if he agreed to give me a fight, to come out of retirement, because of my cheek, and because of the way I’m speaking about him, then I’d definitely fancy a bit of that. 

‘But he ain’t gonna wanna come out because he knows he’d get absolutely flattened, because I’m in good shape.’ 

Calzaghe vacated his WBC super-middleweight title to move up to light-heavyweight in 2008.  

Froch had been the Welshman’s mandatory challenger and felt aggrieved at not getting a shot. 

Calzaghe won all of his 46 professional fights with 32 knockouts during his 15-year career

But the former world champion said that the bitterness and anger towards Calzaghe has lessened over the years. 

‘What I used to feel about him. I don’t feel as badly about him now, I don’t feel upset when I think of his name.

‘But he did used to wind me up. I’d probably have him on the cobbles. I’d have it outside, I’d have a little roll around on the grass with him.

‘It sets it straight because he’s said some things and I just think, “Where’s your respect? I was mandatory for your belt and you vacated. Can’t you give me any type of credit at all?”

‘I always give Calzaghe credit. He was a great fighter, really tough, unbeaten in 46 fights.

The 42-year-old now works as a pundit but won 33 of his 35 fights between 2002 and 2004

Froch made derogatory comments about Calzaghe’s appearance since he retired from sport 

‘He’s never, ever given me any props at all. And for that I’d love to punch him in the face really hard.

‘But it’s a fantasy fight, there’s gonna be a fantasy press conference with Eddie Hearn hopefully and if it goes the right way maybe I’ll coax him out of retirement.

‘And if I do, he’ll be getting ironed out.’ 

Froch, who now works as a pundit, has a record of 33 wins in 35 fights with 24 victories by knockout while Calzaghe went through his career undefeated with 46 wins and 32 knockouts. 

Boxing is currently suspended due to the coronavirus lockdown which is why Hearn has been trying to organise virtual press conferences. 

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