31.10.07 Froch issues challenge to Calzaghe
Carl Froch is calling on Joe Calzaghe to fight him next after the Welshman's super-middleweight unification showdown with Mikkel Kessler this weekend.
'The Cobra' defends his British Super-Middleweight title for the fourth time against Robin Reid at Nottingham on Saturday week and then wants to meet Calzaghe for the WBO, WBA and WBC titles, providing he beats Kessler.
"I've been a big Joe Calzaghe fan over the years but have not been impressed by the way he doesn't want to fight me," said Froch.
"I think he should fight me really. He has had a couple of really soft voluntary defences rather than fighting me and I've got the hump with him over it.
"Okay, Kessler is a good fight, but he says he wants only big fights now and fighting me would be just that. There would be huge interest in Britain for it.
"I want Joe to win, and I think he will. But it's probably better for me that Kessler wins, because then I'm more likely to get a world title fight quicker.
"I've been ranked in the WBC top three for the last year now and am due a shot at the title. But Joe has not wanted to fight me yet and is now talking about stepping up a division.
"If Joe loses and I fight Kessler and beat him, I can say I beat the man who beat the man. People won't be able to say Joe would have beaten me then."