Joe Calzaghe backs Glen Johnson over Clinton Woods

According to the BBC, IBF/WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe wants Glen Johnson to defeat Clinton Woods in their IBF light heavyweight title bout scheduled for Sept. 2.

It’s neither pro-American nor anti-British bias that inclines Calzaghe to back the Yank. Calzaghe has a “provisional agreement” to fight Johnson if he wins.

“Maybe I want Johnson to win because he’s a bigger name in America,” Calzaghe said. He’s knocked out Roy Jones. Woods would be a good fight but it wouldn’t mean much worldwide.”

Woods’ promoter, Dennis Hobson, said he offered Calzaghe £1.5m to move up to light heavyweight to face Woods.

“Johnson is not getting any younger while Clinton has the title now so I think he has grown in confidence and he’s improved slightly as a fighter,” said Calzaghe.

“I honestly think it’s a 50-50 fight.”

Calzaghe returns to action against Cameroon’s Sakio Bika in October.