(Grimsby’s Kevin Hooper as photographed by Jon Corken for The Grimsby Telegraph)
Some fighters rattle on about hard work and dedication as if they hold a monopoly on them. Floyd Mayweather uses it as his gym mantra in fact but there aren’t many that can match Grimsby lightweight Kevin Hooper. He goes for the English junior lightweight title in Cleethorpes this weekend, against Dewsbury’s sweetheart Gary Sykes -- and he took time out from his manic schedule to talk to TQBR.
“I’ve got two jobs,” Hooper explained. “I work as a security guard (at an inner-city retail centre) and a doorman as well. I’m up early in the morning training and then it’s work, training after work, night runs…I mean, I put it in.”
A husband and father of three, boxing has had to vie for his attention with working around the clock. The Midlands Area champion, unbeaten in 13 contests, has his hands full, and then some. He details a schedule that would make others balk. “It’s sacrifices I have to make