Joe Calzaghe misses boxing, announces comeback as manager
Two-weight world champion Joe Calzaghe has outlined his intention to return to the sport seven and a half years on from hanging up his gloves.
Calzaghe, who turned 44 this year, retired in 2008 with a superb 46-0 record to his credit following a title-laden career that boasted victories over fellow legends Chris Eubank, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr.
Talk of the Welshman fighting again only dispersed in the last couple of years, although Calzaghe himself has admitted that short of punching again, the only other option appealing to him was a management role.
“Managing is something that I will be good at,” Calzaghe told BBC Wales.
“Promoting is a no-no – that’s hard work. Training is a full-time job, but I don’t have time to do that full-time,” he said.
“But I was self-managed for a lot of my career as well so I know both sides. That will be perfect for me. I feel I can offer fighters a lot of experience.
“You need a manager in boxing who is thinking about the fighters and what is best for their career. Sometimes if you are managed by your promoter, it can lead to a conflict of interest.
“I miss boxing and in terms of finding a role back within the sport, this feels like a natural progression.”
A host of top talent has emerged from Calzaghe’s home country since ‘The Pride of Wales’ stood down from his lofty perch at the top, a lot of whom will be interested in being led by one of the finest fighters ever to emerge from the UK.
Calzaghe joins another title holder from his own era, Ricky Hatton in entering the world of boxing management and won’t have to wait long for his first scouting mission with the Rio 2016 Olympics just around the corner.