Michael Watson says his generation would've beaten Froch and Calzaghe
Last Updated: 29/08/14 7:27am
Michael Watson believes he would've beaten any modern-day super-middleweight star - including Carl Froch or Joe Calzaghe.
They now know who the original champion is.They will never forget. I am proud to be who I am. The Force lives on..."
The inspirational and iconic former fighter did not hold back when he was put on the spot in an emotional Ringside Special.
Watson, who almost lost his life in his one super-middleweight fight against Chris Eubank, made it clear how he’d fare against current IBF and WBA champion Froch and 46-0 Calzaghe.
"Don't mention it," he said. "Joe’s a good guy, a good man but as far as boxing is concerned, in my generation?
"To be brutally honest, we'd have been too strong for him. Too strong... outclass, totally outclass.
"It's a different generation. Please... [we're] not on the same level. We're too far above. He's [Froch] still a baby, still a baby."
Watson was ringside at Wembley when Froch and Groves fought for the second time and he says the 80,000 crowd and the iconic venue were "business" and all about "bums on seats”.
Watson lost both of his world title challenges at middleweight - against Mike McCallum in 1990 and Chris Eubank in 1991 - and his move up in weight ended in him almost losing his life.
It meant that Watson will never be a world champion but, 14 years down the line, the 49-year-old has no regrets.
"I am proud to be me," he said.
"I have no regrets on what I've achieved in my life, being the people's champion.
"They now know who the original champion is and they will never forget.
"I am proud to be who I am. The Force lives on..."
Click here to listen to those who know Watson explain how the popular Londoner changed boxing.