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.