If Calzaghe Was Fighting in Prime Now?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Fergy, Oct 3, 2023.

  1. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    So if the Pride of Wales was fighting among the Supermiddle s now...??
  2. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo VIP Member Full Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    I think Joe Calzaghe would be a force today at SMW, but not totally sure if he’d beat Canelo or not.
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  3. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    That's the big question really, could he beat Canelo.
    Personally I see him beating Alvarez.
    It would be perhaps his hardest fight at the weight but I think he gets a decision win.
    Calzaghe s speed and volume of punches are the key, he has the chin to take the Mexicans hardest shots.
    The more I think about it, perhaps it's close enough for a split decision.
    Enough anyway for the Welsh man to rule the division.
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  4. janitor

    janitor VIP Member Full Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    I think that he might well prove to be wrong for Canelo, but as others have said, a lot hangs on that.
  5. LWW

    LWW New Member Full Member

    Sep 15, 2023
    BJS had similar style to Calzaghe and Canelo ruined him .
  6. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo VIP Member Full Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    True. And 168 isn’t really Alvarez’s best weight. He seems to be slowing down too. A young Calzaghe might be the right opponent to take advantage of that.
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  7. Rubber Glove Sandwich

    Rubber Glove Sandwich Not a Lobster. Full Member

    Aug 15, 2020
    Ceiling: He beats everyone. Floor: He beats everyone but Canelo.
  8. ikrasevic

    ikrasevic For the honorable cross and the golden freedom Full Member

    Nov 3, 2021
    He would beat Canelo on points. Too much speed and workrate.
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  9. Greg Price99

    Greg Price99 Well-Known Member Full Member

    Dec 17, 2018
    I'd favour a prime Calzaghe over everyone at 168lbs right now, including Canelo. I'd make him underdog at LHW vs Bivol & a prime Beterbiev. I'm unsure on the current Beterbiev, he's bound to have slipped, I just don't know how far.
  10. northpaw

    northpaw Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jun 5, 2010
    The Calzaghe that beat M Kessler (and he was a bit post prime) would run up the score.

    Nobody currently at SMW is beating him.

    I didn't really appreciate prime Calzaghe but moderately respected post prime Calzaghe, after going back and looking at most of his fights, yea no one in the division currently beating him.
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  11. Blofeld

    Blofeld Active Member Full Member

    Sep 27, 2022
    I am amazed how positive the responses are, shows the (generally) thoughtfulness of Classic. I thought there would be ten posts already calling him "Calslapsey":D