Joe Calzaghe, the undefeated and the
longest-reigning super-middleweight world champion in boxing
history, visited Hong Kong as British Airways’ guest to attend a
charitable gala hosted by St. David’s Society of Hong Kong.
During his whirlwind visit to Hong Kong, the
former professional boxer from Wales shared some of his travel
rituals, the love of his home country and his passion for sport.
Calzaghe loves Wales and he
said it’s a wonderful place with great people. Although he said
people would have bigger odds running into him in Cardiff these
days and occasionally in London, he also mentioned that he often
spends time in Pembrokeshire and Tenby. He encouraged travellers
from Hong Kong to go visit these places.
Speaking of flying
and travel, Calzaghe had a few rituals to share. The best way to
deal with jetlag, according to the former world champion, is to
sleep as much as possible on the flight and stay awake for as long
as possible at the destinations. He is a big believer for
travelling in comfort, so tracksuit is his number one choice of
clothing particularly when travelling on long-haul flights. As someone
who has trained hard his whole life, Calzaghe said he would like to
relax when he goes on holidays, however, he would squeeze in time
to exercise from time to time if he could.
of his passion for sport, the Welshman said dedication is
essential. Training hard is a given and to
win, one must be prepared to sacrifice everything to make it happen. Calzaghe said back in the time when he was competing, the day
before the fight was always the worst, “For me, the weigh in was
the hardest part and the fight itself was the easy bit!” he added.
Calzaghe, who turned 46 on 23 March, said there are
many places on his wish list to visit including Malaysia,
Singapore and Australia.
Noella Ferns, British
Airways’ executive vice president, Greater China and the
Philippines, said, “Calzaghe is the epitome of the world of boxing
and it has been wonderful to have him here with us in Hong Kong.
We always look forward to welcoming him on our flights."
British Airways operates two non-stop daily
flights between Hong Kong and London. It is also the only airline
to operate the Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial
aircraft on the route.