Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Joe Calzaghe: Cleverly vs Maccarinelli is a Classic

Joe Calzaghe says a fight between Nathan Cleverly and Enzo Maccarinelli has the ingredients to be a classic.

Former world champion Maccarinelli is trying to resurrect his career by dropping a weight and has targeted Cleverly's WBO light-heavyweight belt.

"There are a lot of reasons why that fight would be a sell - they are former stablemates," said Calzaghe to BBC Radio.

"There is a little bit of needle between the both of them so you have the ingredients for a huge fight."

Maccarinelli contemplated retirement in the wake of four defeats in three years at cruiserweight - the last of which was a sickening seventh-round knockout by Germany's Alexander Frenkel in September 2010 that broke his jaw.

But the 31-year-old from Swansea has decided to fight on and has returned to former mentor Enzo Calzaghe, who guided him to the WBO cruiserweight title in 2006.

He challenged Cleverly moments after the Cefn Fforest fighter beat Aleksy Kuziemski to defend his WBO light-heavyweight title in May, blaming Cleverly's father for creating animosity between the former friends and stablemates.

The simmering rivalry took an extra twist when it emerged that Maccarinelli will be helping Tony Bellew to prepare for his bout with Cleverly on 15th of October.

Maccarinelli's planned comeback fight in September failed to materialise, and Calzaghe feels his former sparring partner needs a quick return to the ring to get his career back on track.

"He needs to prove himself after a bad defeat. He needs a comeback fight and to look impressive," the former undisputed world super-middleweight champion told BBC Radio Wales' Back Page programme.

"I've seen him train and he looks impressive. My dad's got him in great shape. I've seen him on the pads.

"But the public want to see what he's got in the ring. He should fight for a British title, destroy somebody and look good at the weight and then maybe take on Cleverly."

Next on the horizon for Cleverly is a second defence of his world title against British and Commonwealth champion Bellew.

The challenger will enjoy home advantage in Liverpool but Calzaghe, who says he sees many of his own characteristics in Cleverly, feels the champion will enjoy a comfortable win.

"It's an interesting domestic fight," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, Nathan is head and shoulders above Bellew skill-wise.

"Don't get me wrong Tony Bellew can punch. He's a big puncher, he's fighting in Liverpool, but I believe Nathan is the class act and Nathan will win this fight. He should win it in style."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by New England on 10-11-2011

in terms of an all british fight between a bigger former champion with a big punch and a younger boxer with very aesthetic skills he could be right i can certainly imagine the terrific brit commentary. i'll perhaps be looking…

Comment by daggum on 10-10-2011

joe calzaghe's recipe for a classic fight=one guy who hasn't fought anybody and one guy who has been knocked out by everybody

Comment by Mr. Invincible on 10-10-2011

Joe knows he will get knocked out cold with that china chin. He just wants to open his mouth and try and drum up interest for a chump his father trains. It's a joke. Macca needs to retire as much…

Comment by *Khan on 10-10-2011

More like ...Classic KO waiting to happen.

Comment by Bombs on 10-10-2011

If Joe says so then I cannot argue and I agree with him. Joe is a legend. We'll see.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (5)
Top Headlines Daniel Jacobs vs. Maciej Sulecki Finalized For April 28, HBO Eubank Sr. Admits: My Son Didn't Perform, Didn't Show His Level Video: Mikey Garcia Talks Lomachenko-Linares, Lipinets, More McGuigan: Groves' Shoulder is Massive Concern For Tournament DeGale To Eubank Jr: Now Go Crawl Back Under Your Rock! Photos: David Benavidez Hands a Pure Beating To Ronald Gavril Photos: Victor Ortiz, Devon Alexander Fight To Controversial Draw Photos: Danny Garcia Blasts Brandon Rios With a Monster Shot Thurman: Spence Can Beat Me? I Will Handle Him, Whoop His Ass! Photos: Groves Hands a Bloody Chris Eubank Jr. a Boxing Lesson Photos: Yordenis Ugas Stops Ray Robinson To Secure Spence Video: Brandon Rios Post-Fight Reaction To Knockout, More Video: Thurman, Porter Sit Down and Negotiate Rematch in Vegas Benavidez: I Was Told Gavril Suffered a Broken Jaw, Broken Nose Vincent Feigenbutz With Controversial TKO of Ryno Liebenberg Video: Angel Garcia Post-Fight Reaction To Rios Knockout, More Video: Danny Garcia Post-Fight Reaction To Rios Knockout, More Video: Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter- Confrontation in Las Vegas Photos: Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter - Face To Face, Trade Words Yordenis Ugas is Ready: I Want Errol Spence Next! Victor Ortiz Not Happy With Draw: I Did Enough To Win! Danny Garcia Drills a Very Game Brandon Rios in Ninth Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard David Benavidez Beats Down Ronald Gavril, Wins Decision David Benavidez vs. Ronald Gavril II - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Yordenis Ugas Stops Ray Robinson in Seven, Secures Spence Shot Devon Alexander, Victor Ortiz Battle To a Majority Draw Benavidez Intends to ‘Destroy’ Gavril, Solidify Spot in Division Caleb Plant Easily Out-Boxes ‘Porky’ Medina, Remains Unbeaten Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios - CompuBox Historical Review Eubank Jr: Did I Underestimate George Groves? Maybe. Hamed Rips Eubank Jr: He Should Retire, Not at Level He Thinks He Is! George Groves vs. Chris Eubank - CompuBox Punch Stats Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios - LIVE Results From Las Vegas George Groves Decisions a Bloody Chris Eubank Jr. George Groves vs. Chris Eubank - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Alexander: My Power Surprises People; Ortiz Will Be No Different Ronald Gavril: I'm a Smarter, Stronger Fighter Than Benavidez Sauerland: I Want To See Best Fighting The Best Every Year! Tony Bellew Sides With Groves, Dave Coldwell Picks Eubank
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement