By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Frank Warren thinks former IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe (46-0, 32 KO’s) would have beaten IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) if they have ever fought before Calzaghe retired from the sport in 2008.
Warren said to thesun.co.uk “He [Froch] would not have beaten Joe Calzaghe…twice I offered Froch the Calzaghe fight but both times he stalled. He knew Calzaghe was as tough as him, yet far more quicker and more skilled.”
I totally agree with you, Mr. Warren. Calzaghe would have beaten Froch and beaten him badly from the way I see it. We’re talking about a major spanking had Froch taken the fight. Gosh, I wonder why Froch “stalled” when given the offer to fight with Calzaghe.
I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when the offer was made so I could figure out why Froch didn’t accept it. I remember he was bellyaching something fierce about Calzaghe not wanting to fight him before Calzaghe retired, and I can’t imagine how Froch would hesitate when he was finally given an offer to fight him.
Could it be that Froch was merely name dropping Calzaghe’s name all that time with no serious interest in fighting him? I wouldn’t believe that possible if not for seeing how Froch has suddenly hesitated now that Andre Ward is offering to fight him next.
We had heard Froch complaining about Ward’s fighting style and how he wanted to avenge the defeat to him, but now that he’s available to fight him, Froch is acting like he’s not excited about the prospects of getting in the ring with him.
Calzaghe would have been too fast for Froch and it would have been pretty one-sided unless Froch got lucky and nailed him with a big Sunday punch.
Warren points out that Calzaghe beat a “younger and more dangerous version of Kessler,” and I totally agree with that. Kessler was SO much better when Calzaghe fought him in 200 than what we saw last Saturday night in Froch barely beating an aging 34-year-old Kessler in London, UK. There’s no comparison to that version of Kessler to the one that Froch barely beat. Kessler was so much better in 2007 that it wasn like a different fighter entirely.