David Haye: Boxing champion brands I’m A Celebrity a ‘health retreat’ ‘Really easy stuff’

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David Haye, 40, has revealed he wasn’t fazed by the terrifying Bushtucker Trials during his time on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2012. The former boxing champion explained he saw his stint on the ITV show as more of a “health retreat” than a tough challenge, due to the food rations in camp.

When quizzed on what the toughest part of his experience was in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, David said: “I found it very easy to be honest.

“I come from a weight governed sport, so I used to have to box at 90 kilos and so I used to have to take off a stone and a half before every fight.

“So the food deprivation was fine, the challenges once again, if you get used to being punched in the head by big 18 stone men, climbing up a little assault course or running around picking up little challenges, it’s really easy stuff.”

In spite of finding the trials “very easy”, the sportsman turned businessman revealed he enjoyed his time in the Australian jungle.

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The star finished in third place on the 12th series of the reality show while EastEnders actress Charlie Brooks was crowned the Queen of the Jungle and The Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts placed second. 

He added: “I came third in that so it was a fun time.

“I’m glad I did it, it was more of a health retreat than anything else.”

Speaking before I’m A Celebrity made the decision to film the show in Gwrych Castle in Wales this year due to coronavirus travel restrictions, David shared his concerns about how “difficult” it will be to produce this year.

 

He said when asked about how the programme will be different this year: “They need to do something because it’s going to be really difficult.

“I know Australia are pretty tight on their incoming people, particularly from Britain, they’re not that easy at the best of times let alone now!”

The series has been filmed in Australia since it first started in 2002, but this year it will be filmed at the castle in Conwy.

The Welsh Government confirmed that the show could take place in spite of lockdown restrictions, saying that filming would be permitted as long as coronavirus protocols could be adhered to.

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David went on to insist he doesn’t get nervous before appearing on game shows and taking on new challenges.

He revealed: “I’ve done pretty much every single TV show there is to do.

“I’ve done Catchphrase, I’ve done I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! I’ve done pretty much every single TV show and the fact that I’m not getting punched in the head, there’s nothing really to be worried about for me. 

“When you’ve gone out there and had a boxing match with the biggest ever heavyweight champion in the history of boxing, who was seven foot two and 24 stone, Catchphrase doesn’t seem… I wasn’t worried about it too much, even when I’m in the hot seat.”

However, David also admitted Catchphrase seemed easier to him when he tuned in to watch it at home.

He divulged: “Although watching Catchphrase at home, it seems really easy, but when you’re there and the pressure’s on it’s not that easy to come up with the answers. 

“Afterwards it seems easy but when the pressure is on it’s really difficult.”

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