Beneath his grizzled exterior, Hugh Jackman is actually a really nice guy. So Real Steel director Shawn Levy enlisted the help of former world championship boxer Sugar Ray Leonard to show Jackman the delicate art of beating someone into a pulp.

Despite the daunting prospect of stepping into the ring with one of the greatest boxers of all time, Jackman seemed excited at the prospect of having his face pounded in by Leonard. He spoke exclusively to Men's Fitness about his experience working with the legend.