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Welterweight/middleweight boxing

Family forced to deny Enzo Calzaghe is dead: ‘very poorly’ legendary boxing trainer still fighting for life despite false reports

Rumours began to circulate on Friday night that the 69-year-old had passed

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 September, 2018, 11:11am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 September, 2018, 11:27am

The family of unbeaten middleweight king Joe Calzaghe were forced to issue a statement denying that his father Enzo Calzaghe had died late on Friday night after a flurry of tributes were paid to the 69-year-old after his death was wrongly reported in the media.

Enzo Calzaghe was said to be “alive but very poorly” in a statement on social media posted by his niece Carrie Calzaghe.

“Enzo Calzaghe my uncle, has not passed away, this is false news, he is alive but very poorly,” she wrote. “Please allow space for our family at this time.

Several major new outlets were forced to remove stories of his passing as well as tribute pieces and obituaries on Saturday after rumours spread quickly that the legendary trainer had died.

Figures from the boxing world paid tribute to the Italian-born trainer on Twitter, including Welsh fighter Enzo Maccarinelli, who claimed a world title under Calzaghe’s tutelage.

Speaking to the Post earlier this year, Joe Calzaghe said his father was not in the best health, but paid tribute to his influence on the middleweight’s career.

“I won three consecutive ABA (amateur) titles and went on to win 46-and-0 [as a professional]. What can I say?” Calzaghe said. “It’s amazing to have that, but also to have it with your father. To have that glory with your father. But he deserved it. I owe everything to him – kicking me up the a***. We came up on a council estate, we didn’t have much – but he allowed me to focus on my dream and become a world champion.”

Enzo guided his son to the super-middleweight and light-heavyweight crowns during a glittering 46-fight career.

The father and son duo were unbeaten in their 18-year partnership as amateur and professional.

From his modest gym in rural Wales he also moulded the careers of other Welsh world titlists including Maccarinelli and Gavin Rees.

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“He had four world champions because of his energy in the gym. That little tiny town having Nathan Cleverley, Enzo Maccarinelli, Gavin Rees ... How often does that happen? Call it a miracle or what ever you want,” Joe Calzaghe said.

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