Boxing Sustainability By Joe Crilly

Calzaghe Cools War Of Words With Froch

Joe Calazaghe appeared to cool his recent war of words with Carl Froch on Friday when talking at the Haringey Box Cup on Friday. The event, in partnership with William Hill, is the largest amateur boxing event in Europe and the former super-middleweight champion was there to pass on some of his wisdom to some of the brightest and best young fighters in the amateur game.


On his recent Twitter spat with Froch, Calzaghe said “I retired six years ago. I would have loved the fight to have happened but my time in the sport is up. In boxing everyone thinks they are the one and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. You get a lot of banter on Twitter but listen, he’s had a great career and I respect all champions.”


Of the super-middleweight division, Calzaghe had nothing but positives for his former classification. “It’s looking really healthy, especially in the UK where you have young fighters like Callum Smith coming through and you have DeGale and Groves. The first fight could have gone either way really but since then DeGale has won a world championship and Groves has had a couple of tough fights in the hunt for a world championship. The second fight should be great.”


Why are William Hill supporting the Box Cup?


William Hill have long supported the Haringey Amateur Boxing Club which, based in the heart of Tottenham, an economically deprived area of London with a very high crime rate, works with many youths some of whom are very disadvantaged. We believe sport can provide a positive influence in many young people’s lives which is why we are pleased to support the Box Cup for the next 3 years.


The company’s head office is based in Haringey, on the doorstep of Alexandra Palace. They say charity starts at home and we are delighted to begin our new Community Commitment with a 3 year deal to support the local Haringey Box Cup.


Over the next 3 years William Hill will be working in partnership with the Haringey Box Cup to raise the profile of the event and amateur boxing and to encourage more people to get involved in the sport, and the club.