Enzo Calzaghe, Father and Trainer of Joe Calzaghe, Passes Away

By Luke Gardener, courtesy of the Daily Star

ENZO CALZAGHE, the father and trainer of former world champion Joe has died aged 69.

The Italian-born coach led his son through his glittering 46-fight career that saw him win the WBO, WBC and WBA super-middleweight crowns.

Calzaghe coached other big names in the sport including Enzo Maccarinelli and Gavin Rees during his long career as a corner man.


The Italian-Irishman - born in Sardinia in 1949 - trained a number of Welsh fighters during his career.

As well as Maccarinelli and Rees, Bradley Pryce and Nathan Cleverly held belts with Calzaghe in their corner as well.

Tributes came flooding in on Twitter for Calzaghe.

Ex-super heavyweight champion Barry Jones said: “Can’t believe the news I just heard about Enzo Calzaghe. He was always lovely to me right from the amateurs all the way until I finished. R.I.P mate”

And former Welsh middleweight Gary Lockett added: “Sad news regarding the passing of Enzo Calzaghe. Thoughts and prayers go out to Joe and family.”

Boxing commentator John Rawling said: “I am hearing Enzo Calzaghe has died. Mad as a hatter. Always great fun and trained one of our very best. My condolences to all the family.”

Ex-commonwealth gold medalist Alex Arthur wrote: “Gutted to hear my old pal Enzo Calzaghe has passed away. Had some great times with him. Devastated for Joe and the boys and the rest of the family.”

Among his many plaudits Calzaghe won 'Coach of the Year' at the BBC Sports Personality awards back in 2007.

Enzo trained his son to super-middleweight dominance over a decade-long period before Joe stepped up to light-heavyweight.

Joe finished his career unbeaten with a record of 46-0, with his father in the corner for every fight.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jack_the_rippuh on 09-16-2018

Wtf!!?? How?. He did not appear to be in poor health.

Comment by Chrismart on 09-16-2018

I didn't even see the news he was ill. Sad times. From what I've read he's still with us, but very ill. Good trainer and comes across as a real character. I hope things go as easy as possible for…

Comment by DreamFighter on 09-15-2018

very sad to hear. wasnt the most tactful of guys but he did well to get his son, just a guy form newbridge, to eventually challenge for a major world title aged 34 against lacy, and win it with style.…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 09-15-2018

At least for now, at this moment, he isn't deceased. That's a bogus news story that unfortunately has spread a good bit in England, and a little bit here in the states. He is in critical condition, but is fighting…

Comment by chrisJS on 09-14-2018

Sounds like he’s still alive. Hopefully he pulls through. He has a lot of fight in him he won’t go easily. C’mon Enzo!

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