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Froch: My Legacy Has Surpassed That of Joe Calzaghe!

By Nick Parkinson

CARL FROCH insists he does not need revenge over Mikkel Kessler to go down in history as better than Joe Calzaghe.

Nottingham’s IBF world champion faces WBA king Kessler in a mouth-watering world title unification clash, at London’s O2 Arena on May 25, after the Dane won their first encounter on points in 2010.

Froch, 35, fought back to reclaim a world title after losing to Kessler and again following his points loss to American Andre Ward.

The Cobra has been involved in a series of thrilling scraps since 2008, with highlights being points wins over Jean Pascal and Arthur Abraham, as well as stunning KOs of Jermain Taylor and ­Lucian Bute.

Calzaghe retired, aged 36, in 2009 with an ­unblemished 46-fight record after more than ten years as world super-middleweight champion and with a record 21 defences.

The Welshman beat Kessler on points in 2007 and his other famous victories were against Jeff Lacy, Roy Jones Jr and Bernard Hopkins.

Calzaghe quit before fighting Froch, who argues he has fought better opponents and so should be remembered as the superior fighter.

He said: “I don’t like to talk Joe Calzaghe down but when you look at his career and the ­people he has beaten who are unbeaten, then I’ve fought more unbeaten fighters than Joe Calzaghe, more than anyone in Britain as world champion.

“I’m taking unbeaten people’s scalps and fighting at a higher level. Calzaghe has two or three names which stand out on his record. I’ve got ten or 12.

“As far as I’m concerned, my legacy has ­already superceded Joe Calzaghe’s – and I’ve got to say the great, phenomenal Joe Calzaghe, who retired ­unbeaten.

“People will say, ‘Yes, but he beat Mikkel ­Kessler’. I can answer that but I’m not going to, because it will look bitter.

“To beat Kessler, would that silence the ­critics? You’ll never, ever silence the critics. Floyd Mayweather Jnr gets stick and he’s the unbeaten pound-for-pound best.

“So if you think me beating Kessler is ­going to stop the critics, no f****** chance. An atom bomb won’t stop the critics.”

Froch is not expecting Kessler to be ­better than the last time they met in Denmark, as the Dane has been restricted to three fights in as many years due to injuries.

He said: “I’ve improved, I’ve fought at a better level, so I’m in a ­better position in terms of a re-match than he is.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jermainerambo on 02-26-2013

[B]WHAT SO GREAT ABOUT FROCH'S RESUME?.......[/B] Jean Pascal: What did he achieve at 168?........His first loss:loser: jermain Taylor: What did he achieve at 168?....GETTING KNOCKED OUT 2 TIME'S IN A ROW:loser: Andre Dirrell: What did he achieve at 168?....:dunno: [B]MIKKEL…

Comment by check hook on 02-26-2013

Calzaghe > Froch.

Comment by DreamFighter on 02-26-2013

[QUOTE=jermainerambo;13084859]WHO IS THE LONGEST-REIGNING WORLD CHAMPION OF THE MODERN ERA?[/quote] not calzaghe, he held an unknown and unvalued title for half his 10 year reign. [quote]WHO WIN THE WBO,WBA,WBC,IBF,IBO AND RING MAGAZINE BELTS AT 168 AN 175?..[/quote] not calzaghe, he…

Comment by daggum on 02-26-2013

[QUOTE=-BORICUA-;13084930]Even if calzaghe beats kessler in the rematch it wont overtake the whooping joe gave him in 2007 when he was at his peak. [B]You have a case with dawson but not with pavlik, remember pavlik an calzaghe would have…

Comment by $coinblatt$ on 02-26-2013

[QUOTE=jermainerambo;13084859]WHO IS THE LONGEST-REIGNING WORLD CHAMPION OF THE MODERN ERA? WHO WIN THE WBO,WBA,WBC,IBF,IBO AND RING MAGAZINE BELTS AT 168 AN 175?.. WHO IS THE ONLY ONE IN BOXING HISTORY TO BECOME UNDISPUTED SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION?.... WHO BEAT THE UNDISPUTED…

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