Calzaghe: I'd have destroyed Froch, big interview, part one

File photo dated 31/05/2014 of Carl Froch knocking down George Groves to win the IBF and WBA World Super Middleweight Title fight at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday June 1, 2014. Carl Froch says the crushing right-hand

File photo dated 31/05/2014 of Carl Froch knocking down George Groves to win the IBF and WBA World Super Middleweight Title fight at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday June 1, 2014. Carl Froch says the crushing right-hand

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JOE Calzaghe is set for one of the biggest honours of his career this weekend as he’s inducted into boxing’s hall of fame as a first ballot entrant.

Ahead of his trip across the Atlantic, Joe sat down for an interview with Argus boxing writer Michael Pearlman.

This is part one of a four part special with the Calzaghes ahead of their huge honour. See Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s Argus Sport for the concluding parts.

Today Joe acknowledges his honour and reignites an old feud with man of the moment, Carl Froch.

Joe on... the call from the hall

“It’s massive, the biggest honour in boxing and I’m not sure it has sunk in properly, I’ve never been to the ceremony so I don’t know what to expect.

“When I got the news a few months ago that I was a first ballot entrant I just thought ‘what an honour’ and I couldn’t wait to take my dad out there because this has been our journey together.

“To go in with Oscar de la Hoya and Felix Trinidad, on the 25th anniversary of the Hall of Fame, it’s extremely special.

“America has been very receptive to me because of the way I ended my career, I conquered America with two extra special victories, against Bernard Hopkins in Vegas and Roy Jones in Madison Square Garden.

“Hopkins was linear champion, Jones was the Ring magazine champion, two different weights; it was such a special time for me.

“How many British boxers will ever be first ballot hall of famers? I have no idea, but I don’t imagine it’ll end up being a very large number.

“People have said to me for a few years I’d probably get in one day, but you don’t like to think about it, it’s one of those things where you just wait for that phone call.

“It’s brilliant, but I’d say I deserve it! 46-0 and a two-weight world champion who defended his world title for 11 years?”

Joe on... comparisons with Carl Froch and the debate on who is superior

“I saw the piece written in the Argus about missing the two generations of big pay days, but I don’t have any issues or insecurities about how I rank compared to any of the boxers, from Chris Eubank and Nigel Been to Carl Froch and George Groves.

“People say that Froch has had 13 world title defences, well I had 25. People say he’s a three time world champion, but that just means he lost twice, whereas I was undefeated. You can’t compare Carl Froch to me; it’s not a fair comparison.

“Carl has never been the best of the best. He wasn’t when he lost to Kessler and everyone now would acknowledge he’s not at the same level as Andre Ward.

“He (Froch) has struggled in the biggest examinations of his career, even against George Groves who was 19-0; you would say it could have gone either way.

“Mikkel Kessler was undefeated when I beat him, at the peak of his powers and then I went to America.

“As far as I am concerned there is no comparison. I finished at the top, I got there and stayed there and I honestly don’t believe a fight between us would even have been close.

“Carl has a good chin and he hits hard, but styles make fights and I’d have been much, much too fast for him.

“When I watch him fight it frustrates me, because I think what I could have done, but its all hindsight.

“Eubank, Collins and Benn all dipped at the end of their careers and that’s why I wouldn’t change anything.

“My time was my time; I can’t do anything to alter how history will view the names who I beat.

“For the Americans to give me the respect, which took years, I felt like I went out in dominant fashion and I can’t have regrets about that. But I suppose part of me wishes I could’ve fought and beaten Carl.”

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9:52pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Keith Barnett says...

Too right Joe!
Froch is a hypocrite
Too right Joe! Froch is a hypocrite Keith Barnett
  • Score: -13

9:57pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Tomato Can says...

On the 28th of April 2008 , Carl Froch was made the WBC #1 mandatory challenger to Joe Calzaghe after fighting his way up the rankings to the top spot to force the Calzaghe fight. Within 2 hours of the WBC writing to both of their respective promoters to arrange the fight... Joe Calzaghe vacated the prestigious WBC title.

Make of that what you will !
On the 28th of April 2008 , Carl Froch was made the WBC #1 mandatory challenger to Joe Calzaghe after fighting his way up the rankings to the top spot to force the Calzaghe fight. Within 2 hours of the WBC writing to both of their respective promoters to arrange the fight... Joe Calzaghe vacated the prestigious WBC title. Make of that what you will ! Tomato Can
  • Score: 17

10:02pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Mrs Moth says...

Tomato Can wrote:
On the 28th of April 2008 , Carl Froch was made the WBC #1 mandatory challenger to Joe Calzaghe after fighting his way up the rankings to the top spot to force the Calzaghe fight. Within 2 hours of the WBC writing to both of their respective promoters to arrange the fight... Joe Calzaghe vacated the prestigious WBC title.

Make of that what you will !
Too right. Calzaghe spent his whole career fighting nobodies or the likes of Hopkins and Jones when they were over the hill and well past their best.
[quote][p][bold]Tomato Can[/bold] wrote: On the 28th of April 2008 , Carl Froch was made the WBC #1 mandatory challenger to Joe Calzaghe after fighting his way up the rankings to the top spot to force the Calzaghe fight. Within 2 hours of the WBC writing to both of their respective promoters to arrange the fight... Joe Calzaghe vacated the prestigious WBC title. Make of that what you will ![/p][/quote]Too right. Calzaghe spent his whole career fighting nobodies or the likes of Hopkins and Jones when they were over the hill and well past their best. Mrs Moth
  • Score: 34

10:09pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Sheep'n'wellies says...

Mrs Moth wrote:
Tomato Can wrote:
On the 28th of April 2008 , Carl Froch was made the WBC #1 mandatory challenger to Joe Calzaghe after fighting his way up the rankings to the top spot to force the Calzaghe fight. Within 2 hours of the WBC writing to both of their respective promoters to arrange the fight... Joe Calzaghe vacated the prestigious WBC title.

Make of that what you will !
Too right. Calzaghe spent his whole career fighting nobodies or the likes of Hopkins and Jones when they were over the hill and well past their best.
Do you pair no anything about boxing? He didn't need to fight some mouthy idiot from the wrong side of the bridge instead he beat a partly shot Roy jones and Hopkins who at the age of 49 still holds 3 belts at light heavy so I don't think he's quite over the hill yet,do you?
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Moth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tomato Can[/bold] wrote: On the 28th of April 2008 , Carl Froch was made the WBC #1 mandatory challenger to Joe Calzaghe after fighting his way up the rankings to the top spot to force the Calzaghe fight. Within 2 hours of the WBC writing to both of their respective promoters to arrange the fight... Joe Calzaghe vacated the prestigious WBC title. Make of that what you will ![/p][/quote]Too right. Calzaghe spent his whole career fighting nobodies or the likes of Hopkins and Jones when they were over the hill and well past their best.[/p][/quote]Do you pair no anything about boxing? He didn't need to fight some mouthy idiot from the wrong side of the bridge instead he beat a partly shot Roy jones and Hopkins who at the age of 49 still holds 3 belts at light heavy so I don't think he's quite over the hill yet,do you? Sheep'n'wellies
  • Score: -19

10:17pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Mrs Moth says...

Sheep'n'wellies wrote:
Mrs Moth wrote:
Tomato Can wrote:
On the 28th of April 2008 , Carl Froch was made the WBC #1 mandatory challenger to Joe Calzaghe after fighting his way up the rankings to the top spot to force the Calzaghe fight. Within 2 hours of the WBC writing to both of their respective promoters to arrange the fight... Joe Calzaghe vacated the prestigious WBC title.

Make of that what you will !
Too right. Calzaghe spent his whole career fighting nobodies or the likes of Hopkins and Jones when they were over the hill and well past their best.
Do you pair no anything about boxing? He didn't need to fight some mouthy idiot from the wrong side of the bridge instead he beat a partly shot Roy jones and Hopkins who at the age of 49 still holds 3 belts at light heavy so I don't think he's quite over the hill yet,do you?
Oh please! Jones and Hopkins in their prime would have knocked him out.
[quote][p][bold]Sheep'n'wellies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mrs Moth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tomato Can[/bold] wrote: On the 28th of April 2008 , Carl Froch was made the WBC #1 mandatory challenger to Joe Calzaghe after fighting his way up the rankings to the top spot to force the Calzaghe fight. Within 2 hours of the WBC writing to both of their respective promoters to arrange the fight... Joe Calzaghe vacated the prestigious WBC title. Make of that what you will ![/p][/quote]Too right. Calzaghe spent his whole career fighting nobodies or the likes of Hopkins and Jones when they were over the hill and well past their best.[/p][/quote]Do you pair no anything about boxing? He didn't need to fight some mouthy idiot from the wrong side of the bridge instead he beat a partly shot Roy jones and Hopkins who at the age of 49 still holds 3 belts at light heavy so I don't think he's quite over the hill yet,do you?[/p][/quote]Oh please! Jones and Hopkins in their prime would have knocked him out. Mrs Moth
  • Score: 20

10:53pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Tomato Can says...

Sheep'n'wellies wrote:
Mrs Moth wrote:
Tomato Can wrote:
On the 28th of April 2008 , Carl Froch was made the WBC #1 mandatory challenger to Joe Calzaghe after fighting his way up the rankings to the top spot to force the Calzaghe fight. Within 2 hours of the WBC writing to both of their respective promoters to arrange the fight... Joe Calzaghe vacated the prestigious WBC title.

Make of that what you will !
Too right. Calzaghe spent his whole career fighting nobodies or the likes of Hopkins and Jones when they were over the hill and well past their best.
Do you pair no anything about boxing? He didn't need to fight some mouthy idiot from the wrong side of the bridge instead he beat a partly shot Roy jones and Hopkins who at the age of 49 still holds 3 belts at light heavy so I don't think he's quite over the hill yet,do you?
Joe Calzaghe is a good fighter... but it took him over a decade to fight another belt holder. That''s extremely poor. Sadly there are mugs who are happy to have their money milked from them to watch a guy 3 divisions below such as Evans Ashira and call it a "defence of his world title" despite the opponent A) having no ranking at all at super middleweight B) never even fought at super middleweight and C) spent his entire before and since Calzaghe, back down at light middleweight.
[quote][p][bold]Sheep'n'wellies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mrs Moth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tomato Can[/bold] wrote: On the 28th of April 2008 , Carl Froch was made the WBC #1 mandatory challenger to Joe Calzaghe after fighting his way up the rankings to the top spot to force the Calzaghe fight. Within 2 hours of the WBC writing to both of their respective promoters to arrange the fight... Joe Calzaghe vacated the prestigious WBC title. Make of that what you will ![/p][/quote]Too right. Calzaghe spent his whole career fighting nobodies or the likes of Hopkins and Jones when they were over the hill and well past their best.[/p][/quote]Do you pair no anything about boxing? He didn't need to fight some mouthy idiot from the wrong side of the bridge instead he beat a partly shot Roy jones and Hopkins who at the age of 49 still holds 3 belts at light heavy so I don't think he's quite over the hill yet,do you?[/p][/quote]Joe Calzaghe is a good fighter... but it took him over a decade to fight another belt holder. That''s extremely poor. Sadly there are mugs who are happy to have their money milked from them to watch a guy 3 divisions below such as Evans Ashira and call it a "defence of his world title" despite the opponent A) having no ranking at all at super middleweight B) never even fought at super middleweight and C) spent his entire before and since Calzaghe, back down at light middleweight. Tomato Can
  • Score: 31

10:58am Wed 4 Jun 14

Slim66 says...

Tomato Can wrote:
On the 28th of April 2008 , Carl Froch was made the WBC #1 mandatory challenger to Joe Calzaghe after fighting his way up the rankings to the top spot to force the Calzaghe fight. Within 2 hours of the WBC writing to both of their respective promoters to arrange the fight... Joe Calzaghe vacated the prestigious WBC title.

Make of that what you will !
James de Gale will be mandatory challenger for Froch he will vacate the title to fight in vegas, make of that what you will, its all about the money honey
[quote][p][bold]Tomato Can[/bold] wrote: On the 28th of April 2008 , Carl Froch was made the WBC #1 mandatory challenger to Joe Calzaghe after fighting his way up the rankings to the top spot to force the Calzaghe fight. Within 2 hours of the WBC writing to both of their respective promoters to arrange the fight... Joe Calzaghe vacated the prestigious WBC title. Make of that what you will ![/p][/quote]James de Gale will be mandatory challenger for Froch he will vacate the title to fight in vegas, make of that what you will, its all about the money honey Slim66
  • Score: -9

1:53pm Wed 4 Jun 14

risca dragons says...

Loving all the comment from people who dont know anything about boxing! Inducted into the boxing hall of fame and he's rubbish

Bernard Hopkins over the hill - ask the people he's beaten in the last 6 years to hold three of the light heavyweight belts if they think he is over the hill!

Calzaghe beat everyone infront of him and if you look at the other Super middle weight world champions at the time there was noone of any note to fight apart from Lacy, Kessler and Byron Mitchell all former World Champion.

There was no reason to fight a nobody like Carl Froch at the time when he could earn millions more fighting better fighters in America.
Loving all the comment from people who dont know anything about boxing! Inducted into the boxing hall of fame and he's rubbish Bernard Hopkins over the hill - ask the people he's beaten in the last 6 years to hold three of the light heavyweight belts if they think he is over the hill! Calzaghe beat everyone infront of him and if you look at the other Super middle weight world champions at the time there was noone of any note to fight apart from Lacy, Kessler and Byron Mitchell all former World Champion. There was no reason to fight a nobody like Carl Froch at the time when he could earn millions more fighting better fighters in America. risca dragons
  • Score: 0

4:52pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Mrs Moth says...

risca dragons wrote:
Loving all the comment from people who dont know anything about boxing! Inducted into the boxing hall of fame and he's rubbish

Bernard Hopkins over the hill - ask the people he's beaten in the last 6 years to hold three of the light heavyweight belts if they think he is over the hill!

Calzaghe beat everyone infront of him and if you look at the other Super middle weight world champions at the time there was noone of any note to fight apart from Lacy, Kessler and Byron Mitchell all former World Champion.

There was no reason to fight a nobody like Carl Froch at the time when he could earn millions more fighting better fighters in America.
"don't know anything about boxing". You don't even know me so a strange assumption. Look calzaghe was a good fighter but together with frank warren mapped out a career fighting nobodies.
[quote][p][bold]risca dragons[/bold] wrote: Loving all the comment from people who dont know anything about boxing! Inducted into the boxing hall of fame and he's rubbish Bernard Hopkins over the hill - ask the people he's beaten in the last 6 years to hold three of the light heavyweight belts if they think he is over the hill! Calzaghe beat everyone infront of him and if you look at the other Super middle weight world champions at the time there was noone of any note to fight apart from Lacy, Kessler and Byron Mitchell all former World Champion. There was no reason to fight a nobody like Carl Froch at the time when he could earn millions more fighting better fighters in America.[/p][/quote]"don't know anything about boxing". You don't even know me so a strange assumption. Look calzaghe was a good fighter but together with frank warren mapped out a career fighting nobodies. Mrs Moth
  • Score: 8

4:59pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Charlie1501 says...

You are making yourself look somewhat jealous Joe....sit back down and live on memories..
You are making yourself look somewhat jealous Joe....sit back down and live on memories.. Charlie1501
  • Score: -5

5:26pm Wed 4 Jun 14

rudeboy65 says...

joe would of done t froch the same he did to lacy , froch would of struggled to land a punch
joe would of done t froch the same he did to lacy , froch would of struggled to land a punch rudeboy65
  • Score: -1

5:32pm Wed 4 Jun 14

displayed says...

Look Calzaghe was a boxer hes retired now!
End of
Boasting and bragging of what could have been, aint gonna cut! it

He needs to get a proper job and it aint boxing!
Look Calzaghe was a boxer hes retired now! End of Boasting and bragging of what could have been, aint gonna cut! it He needs to get a proper job and it aint boxing! displayed
  • Score: 3

6:32pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Charlie1501 says...

“Carl has a good chin and he hits hard, but styles make fights and I’d have been much, much too fast for him.

Isnt that what Groves said before he met Froch's right hand?
“Carl has a good chin and he hits hard, but styles make fights and I’d have been much, much too fast for him. Isnt that what Groves said before he met Froch's right hand? Charlie1501
  • Score: -3

7:14pm Wed 4 Jun 14

rudeboy65 says...

lets see if froch gets in the boxing hall of fame , prepare for a long long wait froch fans
lets see if froch gets in the boxing hall of fame , prepare for a long long wait froch fans rudeboy65
  • Score: 1

8:11pm Wed 4 Jun 14

koifisher says...

Well joe says he would of destroyed him , if he was still boxing he could of tried to prove it , but he aint , so we will never know , but I think its a bit disrespectful to froch to say what he did ..
Well joe says he would of destroyed him , if he was still boxing he could of tried to prove it , but he aint , so we will never know , but I think its a bit disrespectful to froch to say what he did .. koifisher
  • Score: 2

10:57am Thu 5 Jun 14

coalpicker says...

Tomato Can wrote:
Sheep'n'wellies wrote:
Mrs Moth wrote:
Tomato Can wrote:
On the 28th of April 2008 , Carl Froch was made the WBC #1 mandatory challenger to Joe Calzaghe after fighting his way up the rankings to the top spot to force the Calzaghe fight. Within 2 hours of the WBC writing to both of their respective promoters to arrange the fight... Joe Calzaghe vacated the prestigious WBC title.

Make of that what you will !
Too right. Calzaghe spent his whole career fighting nobodies or the likes of Hopkins and Jones when they were over the hill and well past their best.
Do you pair no anything about boxing? He didn't need to fight some mouthy idiot from the wrong side of the bridge instead he beat a partly shot Roy jones and Hopkins who at the age of 49 still holds 3 belts at light heavy so I don't think he's quite over the hill yet,do you?
Joe Calzaghe is a good fighter... but it took him over a decade to fight another belt holder. That''s extremely poor. Sadly there are mugs who are happy to have their money milked from them to watch a guy 3 divisions below such as Evans Ashira and call it a "defence of his world title" despite the opponent A) having no ranking at all at super middleweight B) never even fought at super middleweight and C) spent his entire before and since Calzaghe, back down at light middleweight.
Come on guy's its called strategy. You wouldnt put a Tommy cooker (Sherman tank ) against a Jerry Tiger would you ?
[quote][p][bold]Tomato Can[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sheep'n'wellies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mrs Moth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tomato Can[/bold] wrote: On the 28th of April 2008 , Carl Froch was made the WBC #1 mandatory challenger to Joe Calzaghe after fighting his way up the rankings to the top spot to force the Calzaghe fight. Within 2 hours of the WBC writing to both of their respective promoters to arrange the fight... Joe Calzaghe vacated the prestigious WBC title. Make of that what you will ![/p][/quote]Too right. Calzaghe spent his whole career fighting nobodies or the likes of Hopkins and Jones when they were over the hill and well past their best.[/p][/quote]Do you pair no anything about boxing? He didn't need to fight some mouthy idiot from the wrong side of the bridge instead he beat a partly shot Roy jones and Hopkins who at the age of 49 still holds 3 belts at light heavy so I don't think he's quite over the hill yet,do you?[/p][/quote]Joe Calzaghe is a good fighter... but it took him over a decade to fight another belt holder. That''s extremely poor. Sadly there are mugs who are happy to have their money milked from them to watch a guy 3 divisions below such as Evans Ashira and call it a "defence of his world title" despite the opponent A) having no ranking at all at super middleweight B) never even fought at super middleweight and C) spent his entire before and since Calzaghe, back down at light middleweight.[/p][/quote]Come on guy's its called strategy. You wouldnt put a Tommy cooker (Sherman tank ) against a Jerry Tiger would you ? coalpicker
  • Score: 0

9:56pm Fri 6 Jun 14

BluntButHonest says...

He's obviously been on the coke again!
He's obviously been on the coke again! BluntButHonest
  • Score: 2

12:14am Sun 8 Jun 14

hohners says...

joe lost to hopkins,i thought it at the time and have watched it since and still think he lost it,if you watch joes reaction just after the bell he thought he lost as well,joe was lucky when he fought because his era wasnt as good as the previous one,he struggled against an over the top eubank,he fought well against lacy though.
joe lost to hopkins,i thought it at the time and have watched it since and still think he lost it,if you watch joes reaction just after the bell he thought he lost as well,joe was lucky when he fought because his era wasnt as good as the previous one,he struggled against an over the top eubank,he fought well against lacy though. hohners
  • Score: 1

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