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Joe Calzaghe: Froch Was Fortunate, Fight Groves Again

Former world super-middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe has told Carl Froch he risks damaging his legacy if he fails to offer George Groves a rematch after their controversial duel in Manchester last month.

Calzaghe said he believed Groves was dominating the bout before referee Howard Foster brought it to a controversial end midway through round nine as the 25-year-old sagged briefly under the weight of the champion's punches.

Froch has so far refused to court talk of a return bout, maintaining Foster's intervention came at the right time and insisting he would rather chase a rematch with widely regarded 12-stone number one Andre Ward.

Calzaghe, who resisted numerous call-outs by Froch as he edged towards unbeaten retirement in 2008, said:

"I thought Carl was fortunate and I think he should give him a rematch. Carl's a strong fighter and we know what he brings to the table but I thought he got schooled in that fight. He was losing it badly and I think as champion it is up to him to give Groves another chance."

Froch, who was present at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in Leeds on Sunday night along with Calzaghe and Groves, insisted he will not be rushed on any future decision.

Froch said: "Everyone could see what was going to happen in that fight and the fact is I have nothing more to prove in a rematch. I was dominating the bout and it was becoming very one-sided.

"I will sit down with my promoter Eddie Hearn and discuss my options. I think I have a maximum of three more fights left in me and I am interested in trying to make a rematch with Ward."

Meanwhile Calzaghe insisted he had no regrets about retiring from the sport with a perfect 46-fight winning record after beating Roy Jones in November 2008, and had never given a comeback a second thought.

"I was never close to making a comeback," added Calzaghe. "I knew before the Jones fight when I was injured all the time it would be my last fight and I feel blessed to have retired undefeated.

"Of course I miss the buzz but I've been retired for five years now, my kids are growing up and I've had five years of not being punched in the head. I'm more than happy watching other people fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing Goat on 12-17-2013

[QUOTE=BattlingNelson;14041599]You have to do it for 12 rounds though. You could argue that Groves got lucky that the ref stopped the fight. Groves didn't take excessive damage, became a crowd favourite and put himself in line for another mega pay…

Comment by Weebler I on 12-17-2013

[QUOTE=Scary;14040125]For Froch to live up to his own words he would have to fight Groves again. But damn, did you guys see the combination in the 6th or 8th?! I think Froch gets hit clean by 9 punches in a…

Comment by londoner on 12-16-2013

Calzaghe never gave Robin Reid a rematch even though plenty thought Reid beat Joe.

Comment by acadogan on 12-16-2013

Cocaine Joe is at it again. If he has no interest in fighting, then he should keep his mouth shut. He doesn't practice what he preaches. Why didn't he give Bhop a rematch after the split decision win?....I had Bhop…

Comment by BattlingNelson on 12-16-2013

[QUOTE=Boxing Goat;14041194]In fairness, nobody whupped up on him like Groves did Froch.[/QUOTE] You have to do it for 12 rounds though. You could argue that Groves got lucky that the ref stopped the fight. Groves didn't take excessive damage, became…

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