The neice of renowned trainer Enzo Calzaghe has claimed tributes for her unlce are premature after taking to Facebook with an update.
Carrie Calzaghe released a statement, just hours after several high-profile boxing figures began passing on their condolences.
“Enzo Calzaghe my uncle, has not passed away. This is false news, he is alive but very poorly,” said Carrie late on Friday.
“Please allow space for our family at this time. He is alive and still fighting.
“We will keep you posted and let you know how he is doing when we can. Please allow and respect our privacy at this time Thank you.
Enzo, the man who guided son Joe to an unprecedented 46-0 record for a Briton, was there for every step with his son during a glittering career.
The retired Welsman won super-middleweight and light-heavyweight honors during a glittering career, with Enzo an integral part of the process.
Coaching from the unheralded Newbridge Boxing Club, Enzo and Joe worked tirelessly to gain the rewards they eventually accomplished to put the facility on the map.
Joe won the WBO title when defeating Chris Eubank in 1997 and reigned supreme until conquering America before retirement in 2008.
Wins over Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins saw Calzaghe’s place in the Hall of Fame secured, with his dad playing a major role in his achievments.
Enzo stayed active in the local boxing community and is a highly respected figure in the sport.
Taking to social media, several high-profile figures in UK boxing were the first to share their sadness.
“Can’t believe the news I just heard about Enzo Calzaghe. He was always lovely to me right from the amateurs all the way until I finished. R.I.P mate,” said fellow Welshman and BoxNation pundit Barry Jones.
Pound for Pound Podcast’s Spencer Oliver added: “Absolutely gutted to hear the sad news that Enzo Calzaghe has passed away, my thoughts and prayers are with Joe and family at this sad time.”
Mike Goodall, boxing all-rounder, stated: “Have just heard the sad news that Enzo Calzaghe has died today .. condolences and best wishes to Joe and all the family …. he was a great trainer both to the professionals and the Amateurs of South Wales.”
Commentater John Rawling said: “I am hearing Enzo Calzaghe has died. Mad as a hatter. Always great fun and trained one of our very best. My condolences to all the family.”
WBN will update on the situation as it develops.