Joe Calzaghe and Antonio Tarver Exchange Not-So-Kind Words

Vitali SCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2017

TAMPA, FLORIDA - APRIL 12:   Antonio Tarver  (R) and Chad Dawson  square up in the press conference as they prepare to fight in the future to unify the Light Heavyweight division. Photo taken on Saturday April 12, 2008 at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
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According to a South Wales Argus newspaper report, Joe Calzaghe (46-0-0) and Antonio Tarver (29-6-0) have recently exchanged a few words. 

"I was the only one that could beat him, that’s why he avoided me," Tarver said about the now-retired super middleweight champion Calzaghe. But that was only the beginning, as Tarver proceeded with claiming to be better than Roy Jones Jr. or Bernard Hopkins: “He got dropped by Roy (Jones) and (Bernard) Hopkins, I would’ve knocked out feather punching Joe Calzaghe.” 

It has been a while since Tarver received any kind of recognition, as his fights have not been of much interest to the boxing community. Bringing back Calzaghe for a fight would of course spark huge interest and skyrocket both men’s careers back to land of possibilities. 

Calzaghe did not ignore this request, and fired back with the following: “In your dreams, Antonio, didn’t you get destroyed by Hopkins before I beat him? I love how fighters are calling me out three years after I quit. I get it, it’s all about money and a payday. The truth is I was fighting the winner of you and Bernard Hopkins and you lost! For the record, I would have kicked your ...!” 

While it would be interesting to see how this fight would have turned out, Joe makes a good point in saying that it’s a bit too late for this to be a real test of skill and heart.

Enzo Calzaghe agreed with Joe, and expressed his opinion in a similar fashion: “Joe can still go and even after not fighting for three years he would have way too much for Tarver. But what would it prove? That Joe is better than a guy we already know he is better than?” Enzo made it clear that Joe was not at all interested in coming back to the sport. 

I have to say, that if their bout was ever realized, I would definitely pick Calzaghe to decisively beat Tarver in their fight. Who do you think would win?