South Yorkshire boxing: Lee’s Question Time

Lee Connelly (left) in action against Jamie Sampson
Lee Connelly (left) in action against Jamie Sampson

Lee Connelly, 25, is a professional lightweight boxer from Killamarsh. He boxes Barnsley’s Ben Wager, at Doncaster, on July 6.

What have you been doing today?

Today I got up at 6am and did a three mile run, then I went to work for eight hours fixing cars, then to the gym for two hours training.

Who is your inspiration and why?

I take inspiration from different people in life, but mostly, successful sports stars, or people who are the best at what they do.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

I always liked Mike Tyson, he made boxing exciting and was brilliant to watch.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

I don’t think I have anyone famous in my phone but I will say my friend Matt ‘Twinkletoes’ Truelove.

When was the last time you cried?

I had a little weep when I lost my last fight, once I had got home.

Who or what are you most proud of?

I’m proud that I turned professional because it’s something I always wanted but thought may never happen, and of my wonderful girlfriend who is having our baby in December.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Believe in yourself! And don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

I always thought I was pretty good at it but when I started sparring with pros and they told me I should turn pro.

What’s the one item you take with you wherever you go?

It’s boring but my phone.

What is the most nervous you have ever been?

Maybe before my pro debut or when I was outside the bathroom waiting for my girlfriend to take her pregnancy test.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

Sometimes, I think everybody does but it’s about overcoming that fear and doubt.

What is your view on social networks like twitter and Facebook?

It’s good for getting your name out there and selling tickets for boxers or just keeping them up to date on your career.

How do you relax away from sport?

I enjoy going to the cinema and eating out. I love my food.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

I haven’t been on a real holiday for a long time. But I went on a training holiday in Tenerife November last year, there is a good boxing gym out there and I would definitely go again.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite? if not who provides that favourite meal?

I cook all my own meals, normally chicken and vegetables to comply with my boxing diet. If I could have anything I’d have a tub of Ben & Jerry’s.

What was the last book you read?

I read boxing news and things on sports nutrition.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

I would probably fight in MMA or compete as a runner. But I would also like to race in F 1.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we are interested enough to interview you?

Because I work full time while trying to chase my dream of being a top professional boxer and I take hard fights in my opponents own back yard, and always give everything in the ring.

Your favourite television programme?

I don’t watch much TV but I’m watching a programme at the minute called ‘The Call Centre’ - it’s just funny.

What’s your favourite other sport?

MMA I like most combat sports but boxing is number 1.

If you were forced (unlikely as it seems) to have an alcoholic drink - what would you choose?

I don’t drink much but I’d have a cider and would feel guilty if I had a fight soon.