Having retired with a perfect record and as the former unified super-middleweight champion, Joe Calzaghe is regarded as one of the greatest British fighters to ever grace the ring.
The Welshman brought to the ring a unique and scintillating style, which was truly given the limelight it deserved when he dominated the highly touted American, Jeff Lacy in Manchester.
The victory opened the door for ‘the Italian Dragon’ to a myriad of marquee moments against the likes of Mikkel Kessler, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr, as Calzaghe extended his record to 46 consecutive victories.
A year after Calzaghe’s final fight against Jones Jr, the heir to the super-middleweight throne Andre Ward captured the WBA world title.
Unfortunately for boxing purists, the two masters of their craft reigned an era apart, however, it never stopped fight fans from speculating who would have taken the victory if they had met.
Previously speaking to BBTV, Calzaghe revealed his belief that if the two met in their prime, it would have been a close fight.
He added: “I think it would have been quite tactical, I think I would outwork him, I think it would have been quite a close fight because he is very cagey, also he likes to counterpunch, I’m also a counterpuncher – I like to feint and let fighters come onto me, like the Jeff Lacy style fight.
“Andre Ward is a very clever fighter, it’d be quite cagey. I’d win the fight, I think it may be a bit like the fight with Hopkins in some rounds.”
He concluded: “It’s one of them fights, I think I would have beat him on points but whether it would have been a great fight to watch – I’m not too sure.”