Coming off of the biggest win of his career, Carl Froch still can't get Joe Calzaghe off his mind. Promoter Mick Hennessy is talking for Froch about a potential clash:
"We can sit down with Joe," Hennessy said. "We can make him a partner in the show. It's good business. He's a free agent. If it's not Calzaghe, then Kelly Pavlik, Lucien Bute, Mikkel Kessler, maybe even Bernard Hopkins. But Joe is top of the list because [as] we all know in Britain, world-class domestic fights, that's what it's all about. There's a big rivalry there, it's been built up over years. Carl was a dangerous, unbeaten, hungry mandatory for Joe, and he didn't face him, whereas Carl took on Jermain Taylor as his mandatory.
"[Calzaghe] needs to come back and fight Carl, I honestly believe that. He kept using the excuse about nobody in America knowing Carl. Well, I tell you what, everyone in America knows him now. You can't have a better [big-fight] debut on American soil in a world-title fight than that."
I'd say odds of this fight happening are about 75-to-1. I'd go higher but you never know with boxers. Enzo Calzaghe is already trashing Carl's performance against Taylor:
"What I saw on Saturday night was appalling – the worst performance by a world champion, he looked like an amateur. There were so many mistakes, Jermain Taylor didn't have to block because Froch was just jabbing his hand. It was pathetic, an amateur could have done better," added Calzaghe Sr.
Enzo has some points about Froch not being in Calzaghe's league, and he's right, but take this with ten grains of salt since Enzo also believes Joe is the greatest fighter of all-time. They've got a nice deal between father and son, trainer and fighter: Enzo acts like a loudmouthed jerk, and for the most part Joe plays it quiet and respectful.
"He [Froch] claims he is the best super-middleweight in the world, but he could barely put away Jermain Taylor," said Enzo. "Taylor was tiring in the last round and that's why Froch won – would that have happened against Kessler, Jones, Hopkins? It was a very poor, poor performance."
Look, Kessler and Hopkins probably beat Froch (and Hopkins isn't a super middleweight), but Froch would knock the crap out of Roy Jones. The Calzaghes talking like they beat 1998 Roy Jones is bothersome because I actually think they truly believe that.
It's been all talk between these camps for years now. It'll continue to be all talk. Froch should probably get over it and forget about it. Enzo should probably try to fix the rest of his fighters instead of wasting time criticizing Froch.
Can't we all just get along?