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Hugh Jackman's fame beats boxers

HUGH Jackman's boxing sparring partners let him win because he is famous.

The Australian actor took up the sport to prepare for his film Real Steel - an action movie set in the near-future where boxing is dominated by robots - and although he loves stepping inside the ring, Hugh believes his opponents took it easy on him because he's a celebrity.

He said: "I'll absolutely know my career is over when I go in for a boxing session and get the s**t beaten out of me, and the other guy won't care."

However, one person who wasn't impressed by his fame was legendary pugilist Sugar Ray Leonard - who has won world titles in five different weight divisions - and Hugh believes he even went harder on him when the cameras were around.

He told Men's Health UK magazine: "I was a little star-struck. He hit me harder than anyone, and if he saw a camera around, those punches became a lot harder."

Despite his punishing training schedule, Hugh loved the workout and even occasionally treated himself to a beer as a reward.

He said: "It involves strength and cardio. I don't think there's anything more tiring than boxing. It makes you feel amazing.

"I was about 10lb heavier than I normally would be. It was kind of nice to have a beer now and again."

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