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Joe Calzaghe says Carl Froch couldn't beat him

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Following Carl Froch’s devastating knockout of George Groves last weekend many have begun to compare his legacy with the retired Joe Calzaghe’s, but the Welshman has stated that the Nottingham fighter is not even in the same league.

Calzaghe has shared the ring with some of the biggest names in boxing, including Chris Eubank. In his bid to conquer America the Welsh legend finished his illustrious career by beating the history-maker Bernard Hopkins in Sin City and Roy Jones Jnr in New York, in the space of seven months in 2008.

Froch, however, lost to Andre Ward in New Jersey via unanimous decision in 2011 and is now said to be lining up a showdown with Chavez Jnr in Las Vegas.

“Not everyone can go out and conquer America,” Calzaghe told Wales Online.

“A lot of people make comparisons to Carl Froch’s career to mine, but I don’t think there’s a comparison. I was undefeated, went to America and conquered America.

“I defeated two legends out there at different weights. I was the number one fighter, the number one champion at super-middleweight and light-heavyweight.

“Froch has gone out to America and lost, where he was bossed by Andre Ward.”

The 37-year-old IBF and WBA world super-middleweight holder has lost twice during his career, to Mikkel Kessler and Ward, but Calzaghe believes that he should be looking for a rematch with Ward to prove that he can mix it with the best in the business.

“He is speaking about going out there to fight Chavez but what does that mean?

“He is a top fighter but not a member of the elite. If you are going to fight in America, go and fight the best guy and try and beat him. And the champion is Andre Ward.

“But I don’t think Froch has the ability to do that. He has obviously had a great career. He’s fought 14 world title fights in a row which is very good for a fighter. I fought 24 world title fights in a row.”

The 42-year-old left the ring with an incredible record of 46 wins, 32 knockouts and zero defeats. An almost identical record to the most championed man in boxing at the moment – Floyd Mayweather.

He is adamant that his speed and natural talents in the ring would have been too much for Froch to handle. Calzaghe was a genuinely classy boxer who was light on his feet for a big man, while Froch can look slow and awkward at times.

“Carl has a good chin and he hits hard, but styles make fights and I’d have been much, much too fast for him.

“When I watch him fight it frustrates me, because I think what I could have done, but it’s all in hindsight,” he told South Wales Argus.

It also bodes well for Calzaghe that he is a generally well-liked and respected personality, while Froch is not too dissimilar to Marmite in that you either love him or hate him – though it would appear more agree with the latter as he was even booed at the weigh-in with Groves at Wembley Stadium.

The fact that Calzaghe is set to be granted one of the biggest honours of his career this weekend as he’s inducted into boxing’s hall of fame as a first ballot entrant speaks volumes of his legacy.

It is hard to imagine that a few years down the line Froch will be given the same treatment, not that he hasn't had a good career, but for me, he doesn't come close to Calzaghe in terms of ability or success.

“To go in with Oscar de la Hoya and Felix Trinidad, on the 25th anniversary of the Hall of Fame, it’s extremely special,” Calzaghe added.

“How many British boxers will ever be first ballot hall of famers? I have no idea, but I don’t imagine it’ll end up being a very large number.”

It is hard to imagine that a few years down the line Froch will be given the same treatment, not that he hasn't had a good career, but for me, he doesn't come close to Calzaghe in terms of ability or success.

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