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By Rick Reeno

Promoter Frank Warren recently told UK media outlet Sportinglife that he plans to make a written offer of $1.6 million to middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, for a July fight with super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe in London.

The offer seems a bit low for a fight where Taylor would not only have to move up in weight, but also gives Calzaghe the home court advantage. BoxingScene.com contacted Taylor’s promoter, Lou DiBella, to get his response to the offer.

“The offer is ridiculously low. That’s half of he made to fight Kassim Ouma, and less than half of what he made to fight Winky Wright. Frank knows my phone number and we can talk. We are very interested in fighting Joe Calzaghe near the end of the year, some time in the fall,” DiBella said.

After watching Calzaghe’s premature stoppage of Peter Manfredo, which took place last weekend in Wales, it’s not unreasonable for Taylor to refuse a fight with Calzaghe in London. DiBella admits that there is always some hesitation with fighting in the UK, but he is more than willing to speak with Warren and make the fight in London – if the right deal can be reached.

“It was a ridiculously premature stoppage, but Manfredo didn’t do anything to fight back. There is always some hesitation to go over there, but we would be willing to come over if the right economic deal can be reached. Right now Frank is in another stratosphere (regarding money), but we are very interested in fighting Joe Calzaghe in the fall.”
 

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smallpig758 said:
Taylor-Calzaghe would be a great fight. But 1.6mil for JT?
Forget that nonsense
the offer was increased to $4m last week for a fight in august.
 

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Now 4mil sounds a lot more like it. Taylor Calzaghe is a fight
i would love to see. Of course Taylor is pretty much obligated
to fight the winner of Pavlik-Miranda
 

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smallpig758 said:
Now 4mil sounds a lot more like it. Taylor Calzaghe is a fight
i would love to see. Of course Taylor is pretty much obligated
to fight the winner of Pavlik-Miranda
true, but he wouldn't make $4m in a fight with pantera or pavlik.
 

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Taylor wants $10m now, but i imagine they could settle on $7-8mil. I doubt Taylor will come to Britian though, he cant sell out US now hes a massive draw over there. Would Taylor-Calzaghe be a big enough fight to go to MGM Grand? or Madison Square Garden?
 

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No, Taylor wouldnt make 4mil against Pavlik or Miranda. That
shouldnt even be an expectation. But its a mandatory. Im quite sure JT would settle for less than 10mil in the end to fight Cslzaghe. Really somewhere in the 6to7mil range. Dont know about it being big enough for MSG, but Vegas definitely.
 

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I think it will be a much bigger draw in the UK. There are many more UK Calzaghe fans than US Taylor fans. Most of us know that he truly got beat by Hopkins and Winky.
I would make 7million my top offer.
How much is Calzaghe making here?
 

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PrettyBoyFloyd said:
I think it will be a much bigger draw in the UK. There are many more UK Calzaghe fans than US Taylor fans. Most of us know that he truly got beat by Hopkins and Winky.
I would make 7million my top offer.
How much is Calzaghe making here?
joe wont be making as much as taylor which he wont be worried about because he knows if he wins the paydays will be huge from there in.
 

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7mil sounds like a good top offer. I think Taylor will do it for around the 6 mark though. Can't wait for it to happen but i think i will have to for awhile.
 

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smallpig758 said:
7mil sounds like a good top offer. I think Taylor will do it for around the 6 mark though. Can't wait for it to happen but i think i will have to for awhile.
Yep i doubt this fight will happen in 2007. Calzaghe will have to knock out Taylor though, because Taylor dont lose on points...Taylor's wins over Hop and draw with Winky were absolute JOKES.
 

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Taylor should stay at middleweight, joe needs to stop calling those 160 pounds guys, what he needs is to sign that damn contract for a fight with the real champ, Mikkel Kessler
 

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Lefthook said:
Taylor should stay at middleweight, joe needs to stop calling those 160 pounds guys, what he needs is to sign that damn contract for a fight with the real champ, Mikkel Kessler
Taylor will stay at MW for a few more fights. Bodywise he will be inclined to move up in class at some point, Probably not too far in the future. If everything stays on track Calzaghe-JT is a fight that will happen a bit down the road.:thumbsup:
 
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