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 Last update:  9/9/2012       Read more by Rick Reeno         
   
Team Ward Dare Joe Calzaghe To Unretire, Finalize Fight!
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by Rick Reeno

Manager James Prince, and trainer Virgil Hunter, have dared British great Joe Calzaghe (46-0, 32KOs) to unretire for a super middleweight mega-fight with WBC/WBA champion Andre Ward (26-0, 14KOs).

Calzaghe, 40-years-old, has not fought since a November 2008 domination over a faded Roy Jones Jr. Ward returned to action on Saturday night in Oakland and secured the most impressive victory of his entire career when he stopped current light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson in ten rounds.

Prince told BoxingScene.com - "If there was one fight that I could make for Andre, it would be against Calzaghe. I would love to make that fight."

Calzaghe, regarded by some as the best super middleweight of all-time, held every major title at 168 and retired with his undefeated record intact. Ward - with impressive wins over Arthur Abraham, Mikkel Kessler, Carl Froch, Sakio Bika, Allan Green and now Dawson - is slowly building his stature as an all-time great at 168.

Prince and Hunter were offended by some of Calzaghe comments that followed Ward's victory over Carl Froch. Calzaghe stated to reporters that he would have been too fast and too strong for Ward.

"I think the way Ward fights would have suited me to be honest. I would have had too much speed and power for him. So, yes, I would have beaten him," Calzaghe said.

Hunter wants Calzaghe to back his words up. And they absolutely do not rule out the possibility of Ward traveling over to the UK to face Calzaghe in a large stadium.

"A couple of months back, Joe Calzaghe made the comment that he would have beaten Andre Ward after Andre defeated Carl Froch in the Super Six. We've given Joe the proper respect and acknowledged his legacy for his accomplishments, but if you are going to be minimizing Andre on where he is as a fighter - to make that comment when you are in retirement and sitting somewhere safely in England - if you are going to make that comment, then as a fighter you should come out of retirement and back that comment up," Hunter told BoxingScene.com.

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comment by Mato o Muero, on 12-14-2012
Lol at people b1tching about Ward calling out an old man. What do you expect to happen when Old Man Slappy talks a bunch of sh1t? Tell him to shut up if you don't want boxers to throw challenges his way. Guy made a career out of fighting guys out of their prime and he thinks he can beat Ward LMAO.

comment by BoxingGenius27, on 12-14-2012
[QUOTE=Slightly Dazed]As a huge Ward fan, this is embarrassing... Calling out a 40 y/o guy who has been retired for years. Pathetic.[/QUOTE] Tell Cocaine Joe to stop running his mouth then. It's not like Ward was just sitting around and called Joe out for no reason.

comment by BafanaBafana, on 12-14-2012
[QUOTE=Mike Haynes]Damn how desparate is Ward? You THAT scared to move up in weight that you calling out Calzaghe? Stop being a ***** and go to 175.[/QUOTE] By the time they fight Calzaghe will have been retired for five years (2008-13). Ridiculous...

comment by Mike Haynes, on 12-14-2012
Damn how desparate is Ward? You THAT scared to move up in weight that you calling out Calzaghe? Stop being a ***** and go to 175.

comment by Earl Hickey, on 12-14-2012
[QUOTE=~BoZz~]It doesn't matter..joe fought old hopkins and old jones jr..in their prime they both would smash calzaghe...the respect he gets is too much he doesn't deserve it.. Ward >>cokezaghe[/QUOTE] Mayweather avatar and sig. Opinion on white fighters meaningless

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