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Lee ‘The Sandman’ Finch interview

July 23, 2013

1. Hi Lee, can you tell us about yourself and how you got in to boxing?

I'm 33 yrs old. I grew up with my friend Tolly Plested co-owner of First Generation Combat and Fitness and he got me working out in the art of Brazilian jiu jitsu and I just fell in love with it. I competed in a few competitions and gained huge amounts of confidence through training, competing and the support and encouragement from Tolly. I used to watch him fight on shows in the cage and for me it was the natural next step – mixed martial arts. I fought a few times before deciding I wanted to improve my skills and be more confident in the cage by taking up boxing. I'd already had the support of my co trainer Paul ‘The Punch Doctor’ Morgan and co-owner of First Gen, so I joined the boxing class not only for my hands but the fitness regime that Paul installs in his class are not only vigorous and knowledgeable, but tough to say the least and I saw the results in both my hands and my fitness in a matter of weeks.

2. Can you tell us more about your upcoming title fight?

The title holder for the Southern Area belt is a lad by the name of Corey Keen from Wales I actually fought on the same card when he won the title. He's a very talented up and coming fighter with a big heart and an even bigger right hand it promises to be a good fight and an even bigger war with a win for myself and my team mates at the end – I hope!

3. What’s your take on the current state of boxing? Do you think the sport is in a good place?

Boxing today I think still has that magic and excitement that it did twenty, thirty or forty years ago with the likes of Mayweather, Kahn and Haye bringing not only skill but an entertainment factor to the ring. Although the money generated these days in boxing is stratospheric, I just hope the art, the finesse and the gentlemanly conduct never falters.

4. Do you have any specific pre-fight rituals to get you in the right frame of mind?

Just 3 things really – I get lost in the walk out music to get me focused and ready. I say a prayer in my corner thanking god, my family, my coaches and my team mates for pushing me and supporting me to get me to this point. Finally, a good talking-to by Paul my coach and a telling-off to focus me to what I have to do.

5. Any advice or tips you’d like to share with anyone who is thinking of starting up boxing?

If you’re thinking about boxing or even just for fitness, great coaches, great team-mates and a great atmosphere to train in, then head to First Generation Combat and Fitness Eastbourne and if you’re not from the area…..it's worth the journey!!! Sandman out.

by SeanM