RE­PORTS ENZO HAS DIED ARE UN­TRUE – BUT HE’S VERY ILL

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - KATIE SANDS Re­porter katie.sands@waleson­line.co.uk

AMEMBER of the Calza­ghe fam­ily has said Enzo Calza­ghe, trainer and fa­ther of for­mer world cham­pion Joe, is “very poorly” in hos­pi­tal af­ter it was re­ported the 69-year-old had died.

Scores of tributes poured in for Enzo on Fri­day night af­ter it was in­cor­rectly re­ported that he had died, with tributes com­ing from many big names in the box­ing world.

The Ital­ian-born coach led his son through his glit­ter­ing 46-fight ca­reer, see­ing him win the WBO, WBC and WBA su­per-mid­dleweight crowns, af­ter train­ing from New­bridge Box­ing Club.

Calza­ghe coached other big names in the sport, in­clud­ing Enzo Mac­carinelli and Gavin Rees, dur­ing his long ca­reer as a corner man.

But a fam­ily mem­ber, Car­rie Calza­ghe, is­sued a state­ment via social media to say re­ports of his death were wrong. Writ­ing on Face­book, she said: “Enzo Calza­ghe, my un­cle, has not passed away, this is false news, he is alive but very poorly.

“Please al­low space for our fam­ily at this time. He is alive and still fight­ing. We will keep you posted and let you know how he is do­ing when we can.

“Please al­low and re­spect our pri­vacy at this time. Thank you. Team Calza­ghe. Please share.”

Enzo helped Joe re­tire as Bri­tain’s only un­de­feated world cham­pion back in 2012.

His de­ci­sion to re­tire ended a suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship with his fa­ther and the pair were un­beaten in 18 years to­gether as am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional.

GARETH EVERETT

Enzo Calza­ghe, right, with his box­ing star son, Joe

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