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British boxers: Where are they now?

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Joe Calzaghe is one of Britain's greatest boxers (©GettyImages)
Joe Calzaghe is one of Britain's greatest boxers (©GettyImages).

It seems incredible that life after boxing can be tough. For me, retiring from a profession where you’re continually punched in the face would be a godsend, yet for some of the world’s greatest fighters it’s remarkably hard to settle down into a normal life.

But after all, these guys are sport stars. Giving up the bright lights of Las Vegas, the adrenaline of going to battle, the atmosphere of thousands chanting your name, is undoubtedly going to come as a bit of a shock.

For some they turn to promotion, for others it’s punditry, and for Joe Calzaghe, well it’s just about every reality show on TV.

We take a look at some of the great British boxers, and their lives after the final bell.

Prince Naseem Hamed

Naz has certainly been enjoying some aspects of his retirement since calling it a day back in 2002. The former featherweight has got heavy in recent times after what has been a difficult few years outside of the ring. He’s had a spell in prison, been given a four-year driving ban, and had a million pound lawsuit filed against him. It sounds like he might need that magic carpet to fly himself out of trouble.

David Haye

Whilst Haye hasn't officially retired from the sport, doctors’ orders, and appearances in the jungle would suggest his career is certainly on hold. The former WBA Heavyweight Champion hasn't let that get him down though.

Haye has often talked about acting and has become a prominent figure in the media featuring on chat shows such as Loose Women, and has even been taking part in the Full Tilt Poker Rush Challenge.

Whether that acting career is looming, we'll have to wait and see. Just don't let him near any tripods.

Ricky Hatton

"There's only one Ricky Hatton," his fans would once cry. Well it's just as well. If there were any more the pubs of Manchester would have been drank dry. It's not been a smooth transition for the Hitman. He's been plagued by tabloid controversies, including stories regarding cocaine abuse, drinking, and that night back in 2010 where he was knocked out in a pub. Needless to say his return to the ring also ended in a knockout.

Since then however, Hatton has become a successful promoter, gym owner, and pundit, although of course, he still loves a Guinness.

Nigel Benn

It was only last month Twitter went into meltdown over the death of the Dark Destroyer. Though of course that was down to confusion and the passing of Tony Benn, who as far as we know pulled his punches only metaphorically.

Nigel is still alive and well, and despite being one of the most lethal fighters of the late 80s and 90s, he has toned down to enjoy his life as an ordained minister. The born again Christian resided in Sydney, Australia, and even did a stint down under on I'm A Celebrity, alongside Tony Blackburn and Uri Geller.

Joe Calzaghe

You would have thought a boxer’s footwork might lend itself quite well to the dance floor. Craig Revel Horwood didn't seem to think so. Nor did Len Goodman. Or Bruno Tonioli. He was Brucie's favourite though. So that's something.

The Pride of Wales has certainly been busy since his retirement, sampling drugs, Strictly, Masterchef, Loose Women (the chat show), and starting his own promotion company with his father Enzo.

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