Carl Froch gives up trying to get Joe Calzaghe back in the ring

The Times - Ron Lewis1st May, 2009

Carl Froch has finally accepted that he is unlikely to get Joe Calzaghe into the ring. Froch, from Nottingham, again challenged the Welshman to a bout after he spectacularly retained his WBC super-middleweight title by stopping Jermain Taylor with only 14 seconds remaining last weekend, but says that Calzaghe, the former champion, will not come back.

"Calzaghe needs to stay retired," Froch said on talkSPORT. "He's finished, he's done what he's done. He's eating plenty of food now, he's drinking and he's enjoying his life, and so he should. He's had a fantastic career."

Calzaghe, though, has one further fight on his hands in his legal battle to get the £2 million that is owed to him by Sports Network Ltd. In a bitterly contested High Court battle that ended in March, Sports Network Ltd, the promoter Frank Warren's company, was ordered to pay the balance of the money owed to the Welshman for winning his world-title bout with Bernard Hopkins last year.

The money was due by mid-April, but Sports Network Ltd has been put into administration without it being paid. Calzaghe said: "No one ever took my titles from me in the ring and I am not about to let anyone take away the money that I earned in it for my family."