The Cardiff-based coach guided his son’s glittering career in the ring and is one of the most respected characters in boxing
Enzo Calzaghe’s family have revealed the legendary boxing trainer is “very poorly” after being forced to deny reports he had died.
Tributes flooded into the 69-year-old on social media on Friday evening amid claims he had passed away.
But his niece Carrie Calzaghe later released a statement on Facebook, which read: “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.”
Calzaghe was born in Italy but moved to Wales in the 1970s and went on to guide Joe to incredible success in the ring.
Under Enzo’s tutelage, Joe won all 46 of his professional fights and was world champion in two different weight classes, super-middleweight and light-heavyweight.
Joe retired as Britain’s only undefeated world champion in 2012 and was awarded a CBE in 2008.
Enzo also coached other notable Welsh fighters, including Enzo Maccarinelli and Gavin Rees, at his gym in Cardiff.