Calzaghe knocked ‘em out

Review by Rachael Grealish

Joe Calzaghe- photo by Robert Haile

Joe Calzaghe- photo by Robert Haile

HE may be the idol to many men in the audience that night – but his smooth Welsh voice left the women (or at least this editor) wanting more.

The undefeated super middle weight champion, Joe Calzaghe MBE, made his Cumbrian debut at Whitehaven Golf Club, on Thursday September 15.

It was highly anticipated evening for the area and the golf club was packed with an excited audience for ‘an evening with Joe Calzaghe MBE’.

Hosted by John Lebbon, it was an evening that promised humour alongside an evening with the Welsh former-boxer – and it did not disappoint.

The evening kicked off with the cheeky humour of the MC, John Lebbon. He warmed up the audience easily – being able to have quirky jibes at audience members he knew.

Up next was Manchester comedian, Big Lou – filling in from previously-billed Greg Cook. Big Lou may have been partial to the odd line of blue language – but his humour was of a classic, storytelling style that was relatable to many members of the excitable audience.

The audience was truly on the edge of their seats when Joe Calzaghe came out ‘eye of the tiger’.

Hello there: Big Lou’s blue language didn’t offend but smoothly went with his comedy - photos by Robert Haile

Hello there: Big Lou’s blue language didn’t offend but smoothly went with his comedy
– photos by Robert Haile

Interviewed by John Lebbon, Calzaghe talked about how he got into boxing and his first dream of being a footballer.

He explained he wasn’t a very good a footballer, but his dad started training him as a boxer.

Speaking of his dad he said: “He always believed in me and encouraged me to follow my dreams.”

He explained his dad was a true hero of his.

He talked about his youth – being robbed of competing in the Olympics and about some of the most prominent fights in his life; such as fighting Chris Eubank and his mind-games.

Eventually he spoke of the moment he decided to retire.

He said: “And 27 years, I just knew it was the right time to stop.”

The Welsh Stallion was cheered and adored by the boisterous audience – especially when he stood for autographs and photos for his fans.

John Lebbon said: “It was great to get to interview him, he’s a top bloke – really friendly.
“I thought it went well everyone seemed to enjoy it.”