Battle of Britain: Calzaghe vs. Woods
07.11.07 - By Andrew Wake: British local TV network Yorkshire television have reported that negotiations for a 175 pound match up between Sheffield’s International Boxing Federation champion Clinton Woods and pound for pound great Joe Calzaghe have begun and are at an advanced stage. “It’s a fight I definitely want,” Woods told Yorkshire TV’s interviewer “I feel confident I can beat him. I’d be the first guy to beat him and it’s a massive fight. It would be the battle of Britain. I’m the light heavyweight champion and he’s talking about coming up to my weight so let’s get it on..”
Article posted on 08.11.2007
“I’d be a big underdog but a lot of people believe in me and I believe in myself. I know he looked good the other night against Kessler but Kessler isn’t Clinton Woods. It would be a different story when he gets in the ring with me.”
Personally I have been a big advocate of Clinton and, as stated recently in my article “Woods has the goods”, I believe that he could beat most of the current light heavyweight division and deserves more credit than he receives but Joe Calzaghe is an all together different proposition and I fail to see any way in which Woods (41 – 3 with 24 KOs) would be able to handle the Welshman’s speed and agility. For me Woods would be a simple way for Calzaghe to become a two weight champion to add another belt to his already glorious collection.
Woods said, “People keep underestimating me but I keep coming back with good performances. I think the better the fighter I’m against the better I fight so I need a big test against someone like Calzaghe and I’m confident I can beat him.”
“Me and Dennis (Hobson, his promoter) went to New York and American TV want to put me on. They’ve given us a date for a unification fight with Chad Dawson but the fight I want is with Calzaghe.”
As much as I like Clinton Woods I am very sceptical about the comments he made in this interview and, although it’s not impossible, I do not believe there is any truth in Yorkshire television’s claim that negotiations are at a progressed stage. For me the undefeated Italian Dragon has bigger fish to fry, and those fish are called Bernard Hopkins and Kelly Pavlik.
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