What is your preferred underwear of choice and when did you settle on that decision?
To be honest, the most basic boxers, that’s me. Do they call it a tight boxer? Quite tight, not baggy boxers. They’re my preferred but my preferred is probably only about 50% of what I’ve got. I like grey or black.
What do you sleep in?
Whatever I grab. I don’t think about it.
When you wake up in the morning, would you pick out what underwear you were going to wear that day before taking a bath or shower?
Nah, never. I grab whatever’s clean and in the drawer. I never, ever think about it.
If you’re going to the gym, would you select underwear for either vanity or practical reasons?
No, but I’ve always got a spare pair. If I’m going to sweat, I’ve normally got a big bag with a couple of pairs of boxers knocking around in there somewhere. I grew up in a boxing club where nobody gave a shit, Repton Boys Club. The changing room was men and no-one took any notice of each other. You have a chat before the training and afterwards, take the piss out of each other a bit. Locker rooms break down any barriers. But there wasn’t even a mirror in those locker rooms, just a skanky shower at one end, usually cold. Now, I own a gym and train people and our showers are a bit of a different thing. I like to think so, anyway. There are mirrors.
How many pairs of pants would you say you owned?
I haven’t got a clue. If they’re all clean and in my draw, then I reckon there would be about 15 pairs, socks something similar.
When do you throw them out?
It’s a comfort thing, so when boxers have been knocking about too long. If they’re just starting to irritate me then they’re gone. Also, if there’s a hole. I don’t walk around with holey boxers. That’s not a good look. I don’t have holes in my socks either. I don’t like something that’s supposed to be white turning a bit grey, either.
Is underwear advertising more aimed at women buying for boyfriends or husbands?
No, I think that men are much more in tune with the way they look and what they’re wearing these days. I, personally, don’t really care. I’m Plain Jane. But I know that blokes do care. I wouldn’t be consciously persuaded by an advert.
Is the idea of lucky pants a fallacy or a truth?
As in, pulling a bird? That is ridiculous. First of all, boxing got any sort of superstition out of me young. I got rid of that thought early on, because if you forget your lucky pants one day or your lucky socks, you might start thinking “oh, I’m not going to perform as well today”. So, you put that thought in the bin.
Have you ever ironed your own underwear?
I have definitely not ironed my own underwear. I don’t even fold them. I did watch Marie Kondo on Netflix with [partner] Lisa and tried all that. But it didn’t last long.