Former Huddersfield Giant Keith Mason spars with boxing legend Joe Calzaghe

FORMER GIants star Keith Mason will be in the celebrity limelight tomorrow.

Keith Mason and Joe Calzaghe
Keith Mason and Joe Calzaghe

FORMER Huddersfield GIants star Keith Mason will be in the celebrity limelight tomorrow.

He will be in one of the top seats to see Ricky Hatton make his comeback into boxing.

And seated alongside the SuperLeague forward at the Manchester Arena will be legendary boxer Joe Calzaghe and his dad, Enzo.

Calzaghe and Mason have become the best of buddies and are training together in the gym – ready to step into the world of Hollywood.

Both are lined up for roles in the planned movie about the gay rugby star Gareth Thomas, which is the brainchild of Hollywood legend Micky Rourke.

Rourke is a friend of both Mason and Calzaghe and has promised both a part in the film, which is expected to start production late next year.

It’s something Mason is looking forward to after news this week that his stint with the Giants is over.

The former St Helens prop had two years left on his Giants contract.

He had fallen down the pecking order at the John Smith’s Stadium following the signing of front row forwards Craig Kopczak, Stuart Fielden, Anthony Mullally and Ukuma Ta’ai.

But the parting of the ways still came as a shock to many fans and could result in legal action.

In a statement, the club said: “Huddersfield Giants can confirm that Keith Mason left the club on October 4.

“The matter is in the hands of solicitors and, therefore, the club will not be making any further comment at this time.”

Mason, who was a member of Huddersfield’s 2009 Challenge Cup final team, has been linked with a return to one of his former clubs Wakefield, who are on the look-out for an experienced prop.

But right now, his attention is on tomorrow’s Hatton fight against Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko.

“Ricky’s manager has got us great tickets for the fight and we’re really looking forward to it.

“I met Joe through Micky Rourke, who I have known for years, and we have become good mates.

“We have stayed in regular touch and we have been training together in the gym. I’ve even done a little sparring with him.

“I love my boxing and have always enjoyed watching the sport. I remember while at Huddersfield I did some training with Mark Reynolds, at the Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club, and he said I had the hardest right-hand punch he had ever felt.

“Joe and I have both been told we can feature in the film about Gareth Thomas and that’s obviously exciting. It looks like it will towards the end of next year, once the funding is in place.

“I have really enjoyed my time at the Giants and want to thank all the fans, who have been brilliant.

“The people in Huddersfield have been great but now I have a new chapter in my life and I hope my Super League future can be sorted out very shortly”.

 
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