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'Smitten' Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff confirm to friends they are an item

28 SEPTEMBER 2009

Strictly Come Dancing's judges might not be impressed with Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff's chemistry on the dance floor, but the couple's electricity off-screen has sparked romance reports.

With good reason, it seems.

This weekend the 37-year-old former boxer was pictured leaving his dance partner's house at 9.20 in the morning for rehearsals for the show, followed half an hour later by Kristina.

And according to the Mirror, Joe has told a pal he is "blown away" by the Siberian blonde.

“They have been smitten with each other from the start and now they’ve both stopped trying to hold back. They’re having a ball," a friend of the couple said.

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The Russian bombshell is reportedly just as taken with the 37-year-old dad-of-two. "Kristina has started to tell friends how they are now an item," a source close to the pair said.

"She puts her hand on her heart, throws her head back and keeps gushing, 'He's everything I look for in a man – handsome and charming with an amazing muscular body.' It's all so sweet. She's really fallen for him."

Reports the couple were more than just dance partners surfaced after Joe recently broke up from his girlfriend of five years, 28-year-old Jo-Emma Larvin.

A spokesman for the Welshman, who was spotted helping Kristina celebrate her 32nd birthday in London last week, has said: "They are two single people who are greatly enjoying each other's company."

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