Mr Calzaghe

Synopsis: The story of the rise to glory of boxer Joe Calzaghe.
Director(s): Vaughan Sivell
Production: Western Edge Pictures
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90 min

Introducing, the

Fighting pride of Newbridge, Wales,

former undisputed Super Middleweight

World Champion and reigning,

defending Light Heavyweight

Champion of the World,



Okay, gentlemen, we went

over the rules in the dressing room.

Obey my commands at all times

and protect yourself at all times.

Touch 'em up.

/t was as if my life

was flickering through all my careen

looking around and just taking it in.

Just looking round thinking,

Look where I am. "

There's no way I'm just going to

throw everything away on my last fight.



Four, five,

six, seven, eight...

Just another wet day.

I remember these steps.

I created them one by one.

They're 36 up there and 36 coming down.

So much...

Pretend it's going to

be hard to get in here.

So people don't rob me.

So, it's really hard.

This is it.

There you are.

Bingo. The lights are back

on. I must have paid the rent.

You can imagine what

it was like in Sardinia.

If you don't work, you don't eat.

We had have kids.

So, my dad worked his bollocks off

Day and night, day and night.

I got brought up to hope

about him, wish about him.

I wish he'd seen me playing

football, I wish he would turn up.

I knew my dream was to be a footballer.

And he told me,

"No, leave football

alone and try music. "

Because my uncle wanted

me to be a bass player.

So there you are, I couldn't

argue with that at all.

And then /became a musician.

My dream kept going.

I'm gonna leave Sardinia.

I'm going to follow the music.

I gotta leave.

And that's what happened.

I run away, and I put two

words on the wall when I left.

Ritorno, quandosaromillionario

"I'll come back when I'm a

millionaire. "

And that's on the wall.

They couldn't believe it.

I went hitchhiking all round Europe,

and I ended up in Cardifi Wales.

I met Jackie, and we were

married four weeks later

And it was love at first sight.

First time I actually hit

something, it was not a punch bag.

I think, uh, it was my dad's hands,

a rolled-up carpet and,

uh, and settee cushions,

watching the Rocky films.

My dad, / think he

worked as a bus conductor.

But mainly he was a musician,

you know, he'd do gigs,

and my mum was a housewife, obviously

myself and two younger sisters.

So, yeah, it was pretty hard.

Dad had like, uh, pad

or something, didn't he?

- He bought Joe one of those stand on pads...

- That's right.

...Uh, fOl' Christmas, and


Joe just punching at it

and Dad was like "Ah",

he just noticed something different

about Joe, the way he was doing it.

I just picked

bits and pieces off A/i,

the way he'd throw his

jabs, Sugar Ray Leonard,

you know, I copied a bit, you know.

And I let him do things on the bag...

Not with an intention of

turning him into a boxer.

/always remember the

first day going to the gym,

like a little, tiny,

skinny, little 9-year-old.

Actually, it was quite frightening.

Because I remember walking in

and just the smell of the gym,

the sweat and, um,

the big guys, the noise on the bags,

and the bags were swinging round.

And I had this nervous, nervousness,

and, wow, you know, I'd

never seen anything like it.

It was made of wood and tin, it was

always freezing cold and dusty and dirty.

Basically, the council said it was so

unsafe, it was going to fall down anytime.

A guy called Pau/ Williams

was there, and Pau/ said to me,

"Has he trained before?" UNO-ll

"Has he been to another

gym?" "No, never has. "


"Put your hands up. I think

he tried to stand me as a right-hander.

Obviously, me being a

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