Andre Ward: After Dawson, Team Ward Wants Joe Calzaghe Next

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2012

Andre Ward dominated Chad Dawson saturday night, now his team wants Joe Calzaghe next.
Andre Ward dominated Chad Dawson saturday night, now his team wants Joe Calzaghe next.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Just hours after his one-sided dismantling of light-heavyweight champion Chad Dawson, Andre Ward's team is already calling out the man they hope will be his next opponent -- undefeated, and retired former super-middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe. 

"If there was one fight I could make for Andre, it would be against [Joe] Calzaghe," Ward's manager James Prince told "I would love to make that fight."

The simmering rivalry between Ward and Calzaghe dates back to the finals of Showtime's Super Six tournament, in which Ward easily defeated current IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch by decision.

After the fight Calzaghe was critical of Ward, saying his fighting style would have been easy for him to beat.

"I think the way Ward fights would have suited me to be honest," Calzaghe said after the fight.

"I would have had too much speed and power for him. So, yes, I would've beaten him."

The comments have not sit well with Team Ward, and particularly with trainer Virgil Hunter, who now wants Calzaghe to come out of retirement and backup his claims.

"A couple of months back, Joe Calzaghe made the comment that he would have beaten Andre Ward after Andre defeated Carl Froch in the Super Six," Hunter told

"We've given Joe the proper respect and acknowledged his legacy for his accomplishments, but if you are going to be minimizing Andre on where he is as a fighter - to make that comment when you are in retirement and sitting somewhere safely in England - if you are going to make that comment, then as a fighter you should come out of retirement and back that comment up."

Calzaghe held the 168 pound world championships of all sanctioning bodies during his career. He retired with a perfect 46-0 record after defeating a very faded Roy Jones Jr. in 2008.