By Rick Reeno
According to some of my top contacts in the UK, one of the bigger rumors floating around involves a possible Joe Calzaghe (46-0, 32KOs) ring return. Calzaghe retired in early 2009, and since then he's been battered in the press over his wild post-retirement lifestyle, which includes recreational use of cocaine.
Based on the word going around, BoxingScene.com was advised that soccer agent Barry Silkman has been trying to shop a Calzaghe comeback to the major UK television networks. Calzaghe, who fought nearly his entire career in the UK, made a strange decision to have the final two fights of his career on American soil. There was a minor backlash from his fans who were unable to attend his final fight in 2008, against Roy Jones Jr. in New York's Madison Square Garden.
The retired Robin Reid was mentioned by one source as a possible comeback opponent. Reid retired in 2007 after Carl Froch stopped him in five rounds. Reid toyed with the idea of a ring return in 2008 and 2009, but he never actually came out of retirement. For a rematch with Calzaghe, I'm sure he would come out of retirement in a flash.
I'm not sure if Silkman is on his own here, or Calzaghe is somehow involved. The Welsh fighter had vowed to never return, but he left the door open by stating in several interviews that a sizable financial opportunity would make him reconsider his decision to never fight again. After he retired, he planned to focus on his promotional company. Unfortunately his promotional company has been a bust.