joe calzaghe How fit are you out of ten? When I start training ahead of a fight Im about a five on a boxers scale, which I guess is around nine for a normal guy. In the final few weeks before the fight I will be a ten. Boxing is all about peaking at the right time. Theres no point being a ten all the time because you just get stale. Has training become harder as youve got older? Im as fit now [Calzaghe is 36] as Ive ever been. Ive been boxing a long time, and you get better at listening to your body and what it needs. I know my body so well that I can adjust my training to get into the shape I need to be. Is it tough preparing for a fight after two months off? I suppose its like going back to work after being on holiday: the first week is tough but by the second youre back into the swing. Ive been training since I was nine and Ive a good heart and set of lungs, so its never too bad. More often than not Im hungry to get training again. Whats a typical days training before a fight? Ive never seen the point of going for a run at the crack of dawn, so Ill go for a 30-minute run at about 10am. Ill either do hill sprints or a jog through the Valleys. Ill then do 12 rounds on the gym speedball with some bag- and pad-work. Ill also bang out 200-odd press-ups and sit-ups most days. In the four weeks before the fight Ill do 120 rounds of sparring to sharpen up my speed and fitness. Whats the worst thing about training? The repetition. Ive been doing this for years now. Its also hard making the weight: Im naturally slightly more than 14st [89kg] but have needed to make 12st for most of my career. The worst part is being hungry the whole time. Training hard while cutting calories makes you feel like ****, but I channel the anger it gives me to my advantage. Your next fight will be your last. Are there other sports you want to take up? Im a big football fan so Ill be having some kickabouts and Im keen to get back on the golf course. I used to play every day but had to pack it in seven years ago after injuring my elbow. But I wont get back into boxing. Once retired, stay retired. I dont look like a fighter and I take a lot of pride in that. I want it to stay that way.