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Enzo Calzaghe: Trainer and father of former world champion Joe Calzaghe dies

Enzo Calzaghe has died his family have announced. Credit: PA Images

The trainer and father of former world boxing champion Joe Calzaghe has died, aged 69.

Enzo Calzaghe helped his son become a two-weight world champion in a professional career which consisted of 46 undefeated fights.

The Italian, who was born in Bancali on the island of Sardinia, set up his gym in Newbridge, South Wales.

Despite having no experience as a trainer before coaching his son, he led Joe and two other boxers, Gavin Rees and Enzo Maccarinelli, to world titles.

In a tweet, Enzo Maccarinelli paid tribute to him in Italian writing, 'rest in peace chief.'

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Enzo Calzaghe guided his son through all 46 of his unbeaten fights before Joe retired as one of the greatest boxers to have graced the sport, having become the unified super middleweight world champion during his career.

Enzo Calzaghe coached three boxers to world titles. Credit: PA Images

Among his accolades as a coach, Enzo Calzaghe won the 2007 coach of the year award at the BBC Sport awards as well as Ring Magazine trainer of the year.

In a statement, the family spoke of their devastation at his loss.

The family are devastated to have to announce the death of our beloved Enzo.

Joe and all of the Calzaghe family would like to thank the public for their well wishes and kind thoughts, especially the outpouring of support from within the boxing community.

Enzo led an incredible life both inside and outside of the boxing gym and his loss is a devastating one for the entire Calzaghe family.

We please ask that people respect our privacy at this difficult time.

– Family spokesman

Enzo Calzaghe's niece, Carrie Calzaghe spoke of her devastation on social media.

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Tributes from across Welsh boxing have been pouring in:

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Boxing Wales described Mr Calzaghe as the 'godfather' of Welsh boxing.

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