Joe Calzaghe Turns Down Bernard Hopkins Rematch

By Mark Vester

Retired superstar Joe Calzaghe has turned down an offer for a possible ring return in a rematch with Bernard Hopkins. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer had approached Calzaghe about a possible Hopkins fight. The Welsh star told Schaefer he would consider the offer. After thinking about it, he ruled out a comeback. Calzaghe retired in early 2009.

He thought hard about a possible comeback and even returned to the gym to begin getting himself back into fighting shape. After a few days in the gym, he realized the hunger to fight again was simply not there.

"There's no truth that I'm coming back," said Calzaghe to Sky Sports. "A lot of boxers come back from retirement but when I retired from boxing, I said I intended to retire and nothing has changed from that. A lot of boxing fans would want to see me come back but at 38, after 27 years in the sport, being a world champ for 11 years, my time is up. I have no desire to fight, to be honest.

"Richard and I spoke about it a few months ago when I was in LA with my girlfriend. I said: 'possibly' and I went away to have some some time to think about it, whether I wanted to do it, who the potential opponents could be. But I went to the gym a couple of times and I realised that I didn't want to. There's always the chance that some big money will be on offer but you shouldn't fight for the money. That would be the wrong reason to go back into it.

"We all need the money but I look at my health, my family and my kids, I look in the mirror and think 'no, I can't do it.' I have come out of my career relatively unmarked and I have ended undefeated world champion, so it's a blessing that I can end my career like that really and I don't want to push it and get greedy and fall back into that temptation that you would always regret for the rest of your life."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by flyest1 on 06-04-2010

[QUOTE=Iceta Lives;8543256]Glad he did. But I wish he would come out of retirement and fight Dawson or the super six winner so we can see how good he really is.[/QUOTE] Dawson is my boy. But I want him to fight…

Comment by jacob holbech on 06-04-2010

Who wants to see a rusty Calzaghe. We know Hopkins is a tricky fighter. Hopkins would cause him much trouble. Stay retired Joe!

Comment by Clint650 on 06-04-2010

also, we only need to look at Calzaghe's career to know how good he really is. i dont care if his whole career was in his homeland, or strictly in or around europe, because in boxing there is always someone…

Comment by Clint650 on 06-04-2010

if i was him i wouldn't have considered a Hopkins rematch either. good move not to comback for that fight. what would that prove? he may be able to beat Hopkins more convincingly this time around, but who wants to…

Comment by ssop on 06-04-2010

He should retired anyway.Last fight he was crying all the time. And for Dawson , let him think about Pascal first and will see.

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