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Last Updated: Monday August 24 2009 12:47 GMT

Boxing hero to dance on Strictly

Joe Calzaghe

British boxing legend Joe Calzaghe is preparing to swap the ring for the ballroom on the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

He'll partner professional dancer Kristina Rihanoff in the hit BBC show, according to reports.

The full line-up of 16 contestants is to be revealed on Tuesday.

Joe's uncle Uccio reckons "he has always wanted to be the best and come out best. He will put his heart into it 100 percent."

Joe retired from boxing in February. He was unbeaten in 46 fights during his career.

The new series of Strictly Come Dancing begins in September.