The light heavyweight and super middleweight World Champion gives tips for staying at the top of your game.
- It's all about hard work
Things don't happen just on talent alone. Confidence comes from success, and success comes from hard work. It takes a lot of dedication and commitment to be a champion. I've been putting in the hours since I was nine years-old.
- Believe in yourself
You'll never get anywhere without self belief. Don't listen to the doubters, just have faith in your own abilities.
- Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Champion (2008)
- WBC Super Middleweight Champion (2007)
- WBA Super Middleweight Champion (2007)
- IBF Super Middleweight Champion (2006)
- WBO Super Middleweight Champion (1997)
- Don't be overconfident
It's a fine line between being confident and overconfident. The day you become overconfident is the day you become complacent. The day you become complacent is the day you get beaten.
- Don't cut corners
If I go into the ring without preparing properly, I'll be going in there with a false sense of security. If I've prepared to the best of my ability, I can put my mind at ease knowing that if I perform to the best of my ability, I'll win the fight.
- Anything is achievable
I've had lots of ups and downs throughout my career. I've had injuries over the years, but I gave everything and now I've been a World Champion for over 11 years.
- Don't worry, it'll be worth it in the end
When you find out that you've won, it's the best feeling in the world. All the sweat and hard work is worth it for that feeling of elation that you get when it pays off. It's hard to describe that feeling of joy. I love that feeling. It's why I keep coming back for more.
Joseph William Calzaghe CBE
23 March 1972
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