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Jose Aldo against Anthony Pettis super fight in the pipeline

Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC boss Dana White is a man who listens to his fans, especially about their ideas for a super fight, but one must be prepared for a very blunt evaluation of their skills as a match maker.

During a recent Q & A session, one UFC fan posed a question about a super fight, which has been a matter of debate for quite some time in the promotion. White, for his part, gave his idea about what constitutes a super fight. He pointed out that a clash between Jose Aldo, the UFC Featherweight champion and Anthony Pettis, the UFC Lightweight champion, both of whom have been the top raked fighters in their respective divisions for a long time, qualify to be in a super fight.

A match between Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre, both of whom cleaned out their respective divisions would be a huge draw but that doesn’t mean a fight between Rush and Jon Jones or Silva against Jose Aldo would be a very pertinent choice. Jones and Silva would slaughter their opponents, considering the difference in their weight class.

Speaking about a super fight materializing in the near future, White spoke about the UFC’s plans for one but somehow or the other, those fights never materialized. He admitted that if there is one super fight they are considering right now is the one against Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis.

White mentioned that there is no way he will pit St. Pierre against Jon Jones – Rush weighs in about 170 lbs. while Jones weighs almost 230 lbs. which will be a complete manslaughter for the Canadian and that is not something the UFC fans would want in a super fight.

But the chances of any super fight appear extremely slim at this

Oscar de la Hoya advises Victor Ortiz to retire

Oscar de la Hoya, the legendary former boxer and the current president of Golden Boy Promotions has advised Victor Ortiz to hang up his boxing gloves and move on to something else after he suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Luis Collazo.

Ortiz who turned 27 the night of his defeat to the light hitting fighter could well be released from his contract with Golden Boy Promotions especially with de la Hoya at the helm of its affairs. However, he might have to do some convincing especially with Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy who might want to keep hold of the boxer in order to mix and match a fight with others in the stable including the likes of Robert Guerrero, Danny Garcia, Devon Alexander as well as Lamont Peterson.

Obviously, Ortiz wouldn’t be a good choice for any top class opponent for the time being but if Schaefer manages to keep hold of him, he can put him in fights against other in his own category just the way Amir Khan got his career back on track as he looks to rebuild his fan following once again.

Ortiz needs at least five or six more fights against opponents that might be considered as winnable for him in order to pit him later on against opponents ranked higher than him or in championship matches for the titles in the 147 or 154 lbs weight categories.

Ortiz took nineteen months off from the game before returning against Collazo and he should have taken things a lot slower and settled into his position before going for the kill but he failed to do that and suffered a humiliating defeat at his hands.

But what the future now holds for him is something that is still to be decided.

Joe Calzaghe tells Froch to give rematch to Groves

Legendary Welsh boxer and former Super Middleweight Championship holder Joe Calzaghe has warned double world champion Carl Froch that he faces a serious threat to his long standing legacy if he fails offer George Groves a rematch after his controversial win over the young Englishman in a title fight last month at Sheffield.

According to Calzaghe, he felt that the 25 year old was dominating the world champion before the referee brought the match to an abrupt end in the middle of the ninth round, a time when the youngster had sagged a bit under the heavy punches of the Nottingham based Froch.

Froch has continued to avoid talk of a rematch against Groves, insisting that the referee intervened at absolutely the perfect moment in the match and mentioned that he was much more interested in a rematch against the number one fighter in the 12 stone categories Andre Ward.

Joe Calzaghe, who managed to avoid a number of call outs by the Englishman as he edged closer to bringing an unbeaten career to a close in 2008 mentioned that Froch was extremely lucky to have the result go his way before adding that he thinks the right thing for Froch would be to offer the youngster a rematch.

But Froch, who was making an appearance at a BBC function on Sunday, stated that everyone saw what was going to happen had the match continued and insisted that he has nothing more to prove in a rematch.

Froch went on to sidestep the comments made by Joe Calzaghe and added that he will sit down with his manager Eddie Hearn and decide his next fight. He stated that he has a maximum of three fights left in him and is interested in a rematch against the American hard hitter Andre Ward.

Calzaghe reveals he still gets fight offers

Undefeated former world champion and legendary Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe has revealed that he still get regular offers to come out of retirement for one more fight. The Welshman is a former world champion in the Light Heavyweight as well as Super Middleweight weight categories and announced his decision to retire from competitive boxing back in February of 2009.

The 41 year old had a staggering 11 year reign as the world champion and retired from the sport at the peak of his game with the fans still asking for more from the Welshman as he stepped away from the ring with a record of 46 wins from 46 fights as a professional. Speaking to a Welsh media outlet, Calzaghe stated that he is still the biggest name in the Super Middleweight division and regularly gets offers to come out of retirement and step back inside the ring. Read more »

Joe Calzaghe splits with partner

British boxing legend Joe Calzaghe and his Strictly Come Dancing star partner Kristina Rihanoff have called time on their relationship after four years of being together.

The couple started seeing each other back in 2009 when Joe was paired with Kristina on the show Strictly Come Dancing and immediately hit it off before their whirlwind romance was the talk of the British show business.

In a statement confirming the split between the pair, the two have mentioned work commitments as the main reason behind their decision to call time on their relationship as their various work related commitments were keeping them apart for long periods of time together. In the statement, Joe Calzaghe mentioned that Kristina is an absolutely wonderful woman to be with but unfortunately, they have mutually and amicably decided to go their separate ways and not continue seeing each other.

The statement went on to read that various commitments have meant that their time is demanded by everything else other than them and it has also meant that they have not been able to see each other for long periods of time. It added that this will increase in the coming months and as a result, they have decided to end their relationship and be friends.

Kristina stated in her statement that Joe Calzaghe is a great man and he is someone she will always care for but the time was right to end the relationship now and it makes a lot of sense as well. She further mentioned that the split was completely amicable and mutual and the two will continue to have a good relationship as friends and cherish the memories they have had for the past four years together.

Kristina is starting a new season of the show while Joe will be commentating on boxing bouts.

Joe Calzaghe blasts Froch

Legendary British boxer Joe Calzaghe has hit back at claims that Carl Froch is the best ever fighter produced by Great Britain. The Englishman made the comment about himself after he defeated the World Boxing Association Super Middleweight titlist Mikkel Kessler to take the title and become a double champion along with the International Boxing Federation or the IBF Super Middleweight Championship he already holds.

The unified champion stated that he felt that it was time people gave him the due respect he deserves and termed himself the best ever boxer ever produced by Britain.

This win against the Dane avenged the loss that he suffered back in 2010 and the manner of his victory has also been hailed as one English boxing’s greatest triumphs with the Nottingham based boxer completely dominating his opponent to win on points. But Joe Calzaghe, a former two division world champion himself, who retired from the sport back in 2009 still undefeated believes that the comment made by Froch are nothing more than a joke.

He mentioned that ideally, he would have let it pass had it not been an insult to him and many other great British boxers before him. He further mentioned that Carl Froch is extremely delusional if he believes what he said, mentioning that he is not even the best Super Middleweight fighter in the world at the moment.

Calzaghe admitted that the Englishman is a very good fighter but believes he was a better fighter than him and it is embarrassing that he considers himself the best boxer in Britain’s history. Joe Calzaghe also admitted it is pathetic for one to write his own legacy and added that his achievements and contributions will not be judged by him but by others when he is gone and it is the same for himself too.

Joe Calzaghe tips Froch to beat Kessler

Legendary Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe has tipped English boxer Carl Froch to avenge his loss at the hands of Danish boxer Mikkel Kessler when the two go head to head against each other at the end of this month. Calzaghe was the first man who defeated the Danish fighter when the pair met back in 2007, winning via a unanimous decision and the former Super Middleweight champion has labeled that win against Kessler as one of the three biggest wins of his career.

Kessler recovered from that loss in fabulous fashion to defeat Froch via another unanimous decision back in 2010 to claim the World Boxing Council or the WBC Super Middleweight crown. And now, the pair is set to face each other once again with the International Boxing Federation or IBF and World Boxing Association or WBA titles on the line. Froch is the hands down favorite to win the match and Joe Calzaghe is one person who has no arguments against that.

Speaking to Newsletter, Calzaghe stated that the one place where he tips the odds in favor of Froch is that the Englishman has aged a lot better than his Danish counterpart. He mentioned that Kessler is a lot less mobile than he was in his youth and mentioned that hitting him is a lot easier now. Calzaghe also stated that Kessler doesn’t move his head as well now, making him prone to getting hit.

Joe Calzaghe mentioned that Mikkel Kessler has become flat footed now and that is something that will suit Carl Froch a lot. He mentioned that Froch doesn’t like mobile fighters and he struggles against these fighters. The much anticipated rematch between the two is scheduled for the 25th of April at the O2 Arena in London, which will be telecast on ESPN.

About Joe Calzaghe

Joe Calzaghe is a former professional boxer from the Wales, achieving worldwide fame due to his exploits in the ring and for being the first ever British boxer to remain undefeated throughout his professional career. Calzaghe has been a multi division fighter and winner of the championships in both the Light Heavyweight and Super Middleweight weight categories. Calzaghe is a former World Boxing Association or the WBA, World Boxing Council or the WBC, World Boxing Organization or the WBO, the International Boxing Federation or the IBF and The Ring Magazine Super Middleweight champion.

He has also been The Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight champion. The Welshman, who is half Italian in descent, is also the longest reigning champion in recent history, having held the WBO Super Middleweight Championship for more than ten years, making 21 successful defenses of the title. Joe Calzaghe shocked the entire boxing world when he relinquished his status as the Super Middleweight champion to move a weight class to Light Heavyweight, and immediately became the champion in the division as well.

With his two reigns at Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight overlapping, Calzaghe retired from professional boxing with the longest continual reign as a world champion by any active fighter of all time. He currently leads the Newbridge based boxing club Team Calzaghe. Ring Magazine ranked him as a top ten fighter for three consecutive years between 2006and 2008. It also ranked him as the third best fighter in the world in January 2009.

Joe Calzaghe retired from professional boxing in 2009, with an undefeated record and as the world champion as well. His professional record during his career stands at a staggering 46-0, with 32 of those wins coming via knockout. The Welshman, lovingly called the Pride of Wales is arguably one of the country’s greatest athletes.

Calzaghe Awarded the Fighter of the Decade

The Welshman Boxing star Joe Calzaghe has gotten through all the taunts and has established himself as the British giant who has earned accolades in the United States. A group of fights personalities from New York who are well known as Ring 8 have chosen Calzaghe as the ‘Fighter of the Decade.’ Unfortunately, he could not go collect the award because the flights had to be cancelled because of heavy rain. Nevertheless, what would put peace in Joe is the fact that instead f being jeered by the Americans which most of the European fighters have to deal with, he earned respect from them.

Joe Calzaghe beat many heavyweight fighters such as Oscar de la Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Floyd Mayweather Jnr, Manny Pacquiao and Roy Jones. He has 22 world championships to his name. He has made a record of 46 wins in all the 46 fights and this record is still unbeaten although he has retired for quite a while now. Having heard about his new achievement he said to the reports that he felt extremely honored. “It’s a pleasant feeling knowing what I did in my career hasn’t been forgotten.”- said the beaming Joe Calzaghe.

Calzaghe said that he still missed boxing and this award has begun making him miss it even more. But it has no seeds of rumor with it which can say that he might be coming back. Calzaghe has ruled out that possibility saying that was not going to be possible and he jokingly said that he would reconsider if only offered £20million.

Carl Froch is another such who is an able successor to Joe Calzaghe in the 12-stone division. He would be facing Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler at London’s O2 Arena for a world unification clash. Calzaghe is hopeful that Froch can defeat Kessler.