Welsh boxing needs a superstar – Enzo Calzaghe

Phil Jay 03/03/2014

Enzo Calzaghe is impressed with some of the ring talent his home country currently possesses, although the experienced coach says that Wales needs a shining light going forward.

Both recent world champions Nathan Cleverly and Enzo Maccarinelli have been knocked off their perches in recent years, although the latter does have a chance to rectify that against Juergen Braehmer on April 5.

Lee Selby’s emergence of late at featherweight certainly gives the Welsh a fighting chance of having another world title holder in the near future, with Calzaghe hopeful that someone can break out into the world’s elite.

“Welsh boxing is on a high and I think we have got a couple of good fighters in Nathan Cleverly and Enzo Mac, but the only thing I think the Welsh lack is the actually star style quality,” Calzaghe told World Boxing News.

“Although there is nothing wrong with the boxing, I think there are currently no boxing stars as they are not produced anymore.” 

Enzo’s son Joe retired as a global name in 2008 following victories over Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. and was out on his own as the best fighter on the planet around his weight class.

It seems that Wales are a long way off having another fighter like 46-0 Joe as Calzaghe believes promoters are reluctant to invest in some of the current talent on offer.

“Superstars generate millions for their fights, but the promoters won’t take the chance to make a superstar if the fighter can’t put bums on seats and that is the real reason why there are no current stars,” said Calzaghe.

As Cleverly takes stock of his next move and Maccarinelli gears up for what could be his final championship chance, Wales can be a force on the world scene again soon, with Selby possessing all the tools to follow in their footsteps.

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