Sam Sheedy, aged 25, is a light middleweight boxer who has yet to taste defeat after 10 bouts. He is set to return to the ring next month and take on Gary Boulden.
What have you been doing today?
Ran at 7:30am and then had breakfast. Around 12 o’clock did my usual light weights session. Had my pre gym meal, then down to 6pm circuit at Sheffield Boxing Centre.
Who is your inspiration and why?
Nathan Scott (TV’s One Tree Hill) - The story of a great basketball player, who returns from being paralysed to once again play in the NBA.
Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?
Film character Rocky Balboa. The reason I started boxing.
What’s your favourite other sport?
Football. I’m not a great player but a big fan of Sheffield Wednesday. I rarely get to watch them.
Who is the most famous person in your phone?
Glyn Rhodes. He’s recently been awarded an MBE. I’m not sure if he’s told anybody!.
When was the last time you cried?
I cry all the time at films and TV shows, though most recently I cried when I found out one of my best friends survived the helicopter crash just off the Shetland Islands.
Who or what are you most proud of?
My central area title belt, and my unblemished record, but the person I am most proud of would be my grandad. He is called Vincent and is hands down best the man I know.
What’s the best piece of advice you have received?
To be selfish, as a selfless person. It is hard to be as a professional boxer but you have to be selfish to achieve and get as far as you can in sport. You’re alone in the ring.
When did you know you were good at what you do?
I started boxing aged 11, and I felt I wasn’t that good up until around 17. Then I got drawn against Chris Riley in the Junior ABAs; he came into the ring with all the badges on his shorts from tournaments won, and I’d barely even won a fight! Everyone expected me to lose but I schooled him. From then on, I started believing in myself.
What one item do you take with you wherever you go?
Normally my phone, but these days I can’t go anywhere without my soul glow! My ‘fro looking its best is essential!
What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?
In the changing rooms, before fighting Ian Turnbull after two-years out, though most recently on a first date, but when I saw her “amazing cheekbones” it chilled me out!
Do you ever doubt yourself?
No. Why would you when you are a massive bag of gorgeousness!
What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?
They are great ways to publicise yourself, as well as keeping yourself entertained throughout training camps.
How do you relax away from sport?
I struggle to relax; I spend most of my time with friends, catching up on what I’ve missed out on during training.
Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?
Benicassim Musical Festival, Spain. I would definitely go again! Just without the camping.
Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?
I can cook a few dishes. I do a good chilli.
What was the last book you read?
Monster - The Josef Fritzl Story.
If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?
I would be a full time builder as I trained to be a bricklayer in college.
Tell our readers in your own words why we’re interviewing you?
Because I’m 10-0-0, ranked ninth in Britain by British Boxing Monthly and current light middleweight, central area champion after KO’d Jason Ball in the first round.
Favourite TV programme?
I’m currently on season four of Vampire Diaries but One Tree Hill is my favourite show.