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Calzaghe still retired because he's scared of me - B-Hop

ESPN staff
July 31, 2011
Bernard Hopkins began showboating during his win over Jean Pascal © PA Photos

Bernard Hopkins, the 46-year-old WBC light-heavyweight champion, has made the contentious claim that Joe Calzaghe has not made a comeback because he is still active.

Calzaghe retired from boxing undefeated in 2009, having beaten Hopkins the year before on a split decision - despite hitting the canvas in the first round.

Hopkins is undefeated in his five fights post-Calzaghe, and earlier this year became the oldest man ever to claim a significant world title belt when he defeated Jean Pascal.

Rumours of a Calzaghe return have been persistent over the past couple of years, with WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch claiming earlier this year that the Welshman is back on the pads and contemplating lacing up his gloves once more.

But Hopkins reckons the Welshman is going to remain inactive for a little while longer, as the veteran American has no plans to call it a day - in fact, he is targeting an unlikely clash against deposed WBA heavyweight king David Haye.

"Joe retired because the world wanted to see a rematch and he didn't want one," Hopkins is quoted as saying by Wales Online. "It was a controversial split decision. When those things happen and the media feels it's legit, then why not fight again? Clear it up.

"When you have that type of controversy, you need to fight again. The thought of fighting Bernard a second time was too great a weight for Joe to bear. Joe probably thought he could come back after a year or so and I'd be long gone, but I'm still here so he's retired."

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