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Joe Calzaghe to join U.K. dancing show

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Joe Calzaghe will try his luck -- and his feet -- on the U.K.'s "Strictly Come Dancing." (Photo via <a href="http://img.timeinc.net/time/daily/2009/0902/joe_calzaghe_0206.jpg">img.timeinc.net</a>)
Joe Calzaghe will try his luck -- and his feet -- on the U.K.'s "Strictly Come Dancing." (Photo via img.timeinc.net)

Former super middleweight and light heavyweight world champion Joe Calzaghe will be part of the next season of the U.K. reality show Strictly Come Dancing, which I'm gathering is basically exactly like Dancing with the Stars, for those of us in America.

Calzaghe's family told the Western Mail that he was preparing to take part in the BBC1 talent show, which returns this autumn. "I know about it, of course I know about it," said his father, Enzo.

His uncle Uccio expanded on his nephew's prospects: "He should be good, his grandad was a really good dancer. He used to do tangos and things like that so it is in his blood. Good boxers are light on their feet."

The full lineup of 16 contestants is to be unveiled at a press launch tomorrow.

I have to give Joe some credit: The 37-year old star seems to legitimately have no plans to return to boxing. There hasn't been so much as a decent rumor about him fighting again since he retired in February. At the same time, doing things like this gives the impression that he's obviously a bit hungry for the spotlight he left behind. Maybe things like this will be enough to satiate that. Maybe they won't. The history of other fighters is not on the side of Calzaghe staying out of the ring.

Still, who would he even fight? He has dismissed Carl Froch as an opponent time and time again. Maybe if Froch won the Super Six and became that level of star, Calzaghe-Froch would look attractive for Joe.