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Calzaghe: Froch's Career, Skills Can't Compare To Mine!

By Edward Chaykovsky

Joe Calzaghe, who this past weekend was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, says a fight with Carl Froch would not have been close - and experts can't compare their respective careers. Calzaghe retired, undefeated in 46 fights, as Froch was coming up in the ranks.

Calzaghe says Froch struggled in his biggest tests and has never been considered to be the best fighter of his division, which is the same weight division where Calzaghe built his career before going up to light heavyweight.

“People say that Froch has had 12 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," Calzaghe told South Wales Argus.

“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.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DuckDodgers on 06-10-2014

Froch's level of competition has been significantly better than Calzaghe's, though I think Calzaghe was the superior fighter in some ways (though Froch may have already had the better career in some respects). That being said, Joe comes off as…

Comment by robertzimmerman on 06-10-2014

[QUOTE=wildcoqui;14649050]Calzaghe is the longest-reigning Super Middleweight world champion in history, a hall of fame inductee. Roy Jones and Bernard Hopkins avoided him for 10 years and still they got beaten by Calzaghe. Lacy made the mistake that Jones and Hopkins…

Comment by 33030 on 06-10-2014

[QUOTE=wildcoqui;14649050]Calzaghe is the longest-reigning Super Middleweight world champion in history, a hall of fame inductee. Roy Jones and Bernard Hopkins avoided him for 10 years and still they got beaten by Calzaghe. Lacy made the mistake that Jones and Hopkins…

Comment by TyrantT316 on 06-10-2014

Right now Calzaghe will go down perceived as greater due to his long reign, undefeated record, surprise beatdown of Lacy, beating a prime Kessler comfortably and wins over the names of Hopkins and Jones Jr. However Froch will be remembered…

Comment by Humean on 06-10-2014

Calzaghe was a much better fighter than Froch, has more achievements than Froch and was never defeated. Froch was defeated by a man that Calzaghe defeated. Froch has fought and defeated more high quality opponents than Calzaghe but also lost…

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