Joe Calzaghe admits there was a time when he thought about getting a new trainer
Last Updated: 03/01/14 2:23pm
Calzaghe: The fight was the easy bit
Joe Calzaghe admits that he almost switched trainers, leaving father Enzo out in the cold.
The Pride of Wales of course stuck with him until the very end but told the first Ringside show of 2014 that there was a time when he almost brought someone else in.
"I actually told my Dad I was going to bring in another trainer with him still involved and you know what? I was talking about it until I sat back and thought, if it wasn't for my Dad I would never be boxing in the first place"
Around halfway throughout the famous 46-0 career, Calzaghe looked to be stalling even though he was the WBO super-middleweight world champion.
He revealed that he went to train in Hertfordshire, away from Newbridge, South Wales, where it all began as a nine-year-old and was almost ready to bring another trainer in - not totally replacing Enzo, but not letting him be his sole trainer.
"When I went through that period with the David Starie fight (January 2000) and all that, a lot of people were saying it - and I was thinking it myself," he said when the subject of changing trainers came up.
"I actually told my Dad I was going to bring in another trainer with him still involved and you know what? I was talking about it until I sat back and thought, if it wasn't for my Dad I would never be boxing in the first place!
"He is the one that took me to the gym. He trained me from then age of 10 and I just thought 'no, I'm not going to do that'.
"I was trying to blame things like being injured all the time and I was always thinking how am I going to improve things. I was frustrated.
"But it was amazing. I was so lucky that my Dad has been able to sort of share what I went through, go through these fights and had those wonderful memories."
Calzaghe is a father of two himself and was also quick to point out that his sons were part of the reason when he finally called it quits in 2008.
Carl Froch might have been calling him out but after wins over Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jnr, but the Welshman knew it was time to retire.
His injured hands had plagued him throughout his career and that, plus his two sons - Joe and Connor - were all he needed to turn his back on boxing.
"I couldn't train any more, my hands were gone," he said.
"My boys were getting older, I was doing everything I'd wanted to do and I thought I wanted to be one of the fighters, the few fighters, that retires on their own terms - at the top.
"I just thought it was the right time to go and if I could turn back the clock, would I keep fighting? No, I'd do the same thing."
"My boys were getting older, I was doing everything I'd wanted to do and I thought I wanted to be one of the fighters, the few fighters, that retires on their own terms - at the top."
Because of that the undefeated Welshman remains one of the few big-named British boxers who did not make a comeback.
Fellow super-middleweight stars Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn did it as did Ricky Hatton, who shared the spotlight with Calzaghe in the twilight of his career.
Whether it was a mistake or not, there were plenty of boxers, including Jeff Lacy, Mikkel Kessler, Eubank, Robin Reid, Jeff Lacy, Hopkins and Jones Jnr, who made the biggest error of all, according to their victor.
"What mistakes did they make?" said Calzaghe. "They stepped in the ring with me, that was the mistake!"