Colwick-born boxer Carl Froch wants to come out of retirement to take on old rival Joe Calzaghe later this year.
The 42-year-old, who first began training at Phoenix ABC in Carlton, is keen to get back in the ring despite hanging up his gloves back in 2015 and has now challenged Calzaghe to a bout later this year, reports MailOnline
Froch said he always fancied fighting the Welshman during his career, but the champion had always ignored his repeated requests for a fight.
The prized fighter said he now has the bug for a bout with his rival after being approached by his former promoter Eddie Hearn regarding a virtual press conference during the coronavirus lockdown.
Froch explained on his ‘Froch on Fighting’ Podcast: “Eddie Hearn sends me a message saying, ‘I’m doing some virtual press conferences, I’m thinking about getting you and Calzaghe on.’
“I thought, ‘He’s probably not gonna get Calzaghe on, he probably won’t fancy it.’
“I said to him, ‘Forget the virtual one, we’ll do the press conference, but if we can get him out of retirement, I fancy a bit of that.’
“I’ve always said I’ll come out of retirement for the right dance partner. Obviously I’m not gonna jump in there with a current world champion who’s been active, but someone like Joe Calzaghe, I mean, I’m not being funny.
“I don’t wanna be horrible or disrespectful in any way, but it’s gonna sound like I am, even though I’m not, but have you seen the state of him?
So if he agreed to give me a fight, to come out of retirement, because of my cheek, and because of the way I’m speaking about him, then I’d definitely fancy a bit of that.
“But he ain’t gonna wanna come out because he knows he’d get absolutely flattened, because I’m in good shape.”
Froch, who now works as a pundit, has a record of 33 wins in 35 fights with 24 victories by knockout while Calzaghe went through his career undefeated with 46 wins and 32 knockouts.