24.06.04 - JOE CALZAGHE has been ruled out of his IBF World Light-Heavyweight title challenge against Glen Johnson on July 24 at the Cardiff International Arena because of a re-occurrence of his back injury. Calzaghe, the reigning WBO World Super Middleweight Champion, had to postpone the original fight date of June 12 in Manchester after injuring his back in a training.
After receiving treatment from top sports physiotherapists, Calzaghe was confident of been fully fit for the rescheduled date.
In preparation for the fight, the unbeaten Welshman recently went to Sardinia for a training stint with his father and trainer Enzo but upon his return once again succumbed to the injury, which has proved to be more serious than first thought.
Promoter Frank Warren said, “This is a bitter blow for Joe who has had a bad time recently. He will now have a good rest and seek further treatment from specialists during the summer and will return to the ring in September.”
After the July 24 date was announced, Johnson made comments in the media saying that he would not fight Calzaghe despite a legal agreement stating that the fight would take place within 90 days if either boxer got injured. Warren said that the matter is now in the hands of his US counsel Judd Burnstein.
As a consequence of Calzaghe’s withdrawal the Sports Network show at the C.I.A has been cancelled.