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‘Easier said than done’ – Joe Calzaghe responds to Carl Froch claiming he would have beaten Canelo Alvarez when he was in his prime

Joe Calzaghe is seemingly not convinced by his old rival Carl Froch’s claim that he would have beaten Canelo Alvarez if they’d met in his prime.

The super-middleweight legends never met in the ring, but will both be watching on as Canelo attempts to unify the division against Caleb Plant on Saturday night.

Canelo is boxing’s pound-for-pound king

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Canelo is boxing’s pound-for-pound king

With the Mexican clearly the best of the current crop, questions have been raised as to how he would’ve fared against legends of the past.

“I would’ve loved that fight,” Froch told ProBoxingFans.

“If I was in my prime and my prime being the back end of my career.

“I was a mature, seasoned, professional world champion. I had suffered defeats, come back and won. 

“So, me in my prime at about 34, 35-years-old against Canelo Alvarez, I think I would have been too much for him.

“I think that myself, the viewers, and the listeners can think what they want, but I back myself in fights.” 

Froch previously held belts that Canelo owns now

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Froch previously held belts that Canelo owns now

Further comments have also re-emerged of the ‘Cobra’ discussing a fantasy fight with the Mexican in the past.

Froch said on his podcast back in 2019: “When I watched Canelo fight Kovalev, I wasn’t impressed.

“I thought it was close, but I thought he [Canelo] was losing. At that weight [175], he’s slower. He reminded me of Arthur Abraham when I fought Abraham [in November 2011].

“I just kept him long with a jab, met him with combinations, and absolutely hammered him for 12 rounds. It was a flawless victory.

“I feel like I would have been able to do that to Canelo when he fought Canelo, that version of Canelo.”

Calzaghe retired undefeated as a two-weight champion

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Calzaghe retired undefeated as a two-weight champion

Upon being read these comments, Calzaghe reacted to iFL TV: “It’s easier said that done, innit? Easier said than done.

“I wouldn’t really put Canelo in the same league as Arthur Abraham if I’m honest.

“I see what he means, but nah, I think Canelo’s a different sort of animal to Abraham.”




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