“I’m trying to change my gym work, instead of running so much, do some weights to strengthen my bones up and my body,” O’Sullivan said. “I look at a lot of 50-year-olds they look a bit old and fragile. I was speaking to Barry McGuigan who said as you get older, maybe the weights are the way forward. If I intend to play that long I need to look at how I train, instead of running, I need to start looking a bit like Arnie.”
Ronnie also used the interview as an opportunity to address comments made about him by Hossein Vafaei. The Iranian snooker star had slammed the six-time world champion by claiming he is “disrespectful” and “not good for the game”. O’Sullivan responded by name-checking his accuser in an answer to a question about the records he could break at this year’s world championship.
“You should know now I’m not really bothered about records and such like that,” he said. “Everyone talking about the seventh, Hendry’s record, but he was a hero of mine, I’d actually quite like him to keep one of them records. I’ve got enough records. I won’t start going on about them or Hossein Vafaei might get the hump. I’ll stay humble and say I’m here to enjoy my snooker, have some fun and enjoy the ride.
“I look at a lot of 50-year-olds they look a bit old and fragile. I was speaking to Barry McGuigan who said as you get older, maybe the weights are the way forward.