Former super-middleweight champion of the world Joe Calzaghe will take to the ring to spar with keen young boxers in the programme 'Street games with Joe Calzaghe'.

The documentary will focus on how a local boxing club in Newport, south Wales, impacts positively on the community. 

Calzaghe grew up near Newport and only started boxing because he was unsure of what the future held for him. "I grew up in a tough area and when I was bullied at school, I struggled to understand myself," he explains.

"I became introverted and didn’t have any self-worth; boxing gave me the discipline, strength and focus I needed to respect myself and others."

On doing the programme, he said: "During the filming, I witnessed first-hand the joy boxing brings to these youngsters – it could almost be me 30 odd years ago."

It was the first time in five years Calzaghe had stepped into the ring to spar. He won his 46th and final fight in November 2008, bringing to an end an unbeaten professional career spanning 15 years. He beat the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Mikkel Kessler and Chris Eubank to become one of the sport's great fighters.

And it was something the 'Pride of Wales' enjoyed: "I loved meeting them, sparring with them and finding out their stories. We must ensure that local clubs and coaches are supported to enable them to continue their great community work."

The programme will air on Wednesday 26 February at 9:30pm on BT Sport 1 as part of 'The Supporters Club', BT Sport’s charitable initiative.

The charity is raising money to use the power of sport to change young lives and has given grants to grassroots projects across the UK and around the world. BT Sport customers can simply add £1, £3 or £5 to their monthly bill and BT will match it pound for pound, up to one million. 

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