... thinking I was the greatest armwrestler in the world!” Meet Sean "BOOM" Hancock, The man with many hats! ()
PeSzy: Welcome to armpower.net and tell us something about yourself.
Sean "BOOM" Hancock: Hi everyone, my name is Sean Hancock. I am a personal trainer, sports nutritionist, realtor, amwrestling athlete, promoter, and referee. I am a family man of Scottish and Irish origin. Born in Laurel, Mississippi USA. May 29 1977. This is my story.
PeSzy: What was your childhood like and when did you learn about the sport of armwrestling?
Sean "BOOM" Hancock: I grew up in a broken family. Childhood was hard. It was a time before cell phones, no air conditioner, no games to play, only work, every day. Hauling hay out of the fields in the summer and pulpwood logs from the woods during the winter. I lived with my dad and he was always at work leaving me to find many ways to get into mischief at night. Coming from Irish decent, I always had a lot of fight in me landing me in trouble time after time. It was not until the mid 1990s in a military school when I first found the sport of armwrestling. Even though I was very young and skinny, I could beat people twice my size and I fell in love with it. I married my childhood sweetheart in 1996 at 19 years of age and my son was born the following summer. I did not know armwrestling tournaments existed so I dabbled in armwrestling at night clubs and at rodeos that I competed in. Even back then someone would get a reputation for being a good armwrestler and people would drive to you to try and beat you. We would bet money and compete on the tail gate of a pickup truck. I found this as a safe and legal way to fight and stay out of trouble.
PeSzy: What is your family life like?
Sean "BOOM" Hancock: In my home it has been mainly me and my two kids. My daughter was born in 2002 and two years later my wife left us and moved away with another man. I quit all sports for a while and focused on my kids and my work. It was very hard for us in the beginning but we adjusted and my kids turned out smart, beautiful and very respectful. Now my son is 23 and lives in his own home near me. At home I spend most of my time with my daughter and our dog "O". My dog is my greatest companion and travels with me during daily tasks even on the motorcycle. Both of my kids are very stubborn with a lot of fight in them as well. But they are really great kids and I would not change a thing. I have a blessed life.
PeSzy: When did you start competing in armwrestling?
Sean "BOOM" Hancock: The first time I heard about an armwrestling tournament was in 2006. At this point I had been undefeated in all of my previous fights for money. That was about to change. I went to my first tournament thinking I was the greatest armwrestler in the world. I entered the professional division thinking there was no way someone could beat me. I went two and out. I did not win one single match all day. I left there puzzled and with a new respect for the sport. I knew I needed to learn the technical side of armwrestling. I watched videos, read articles about John Brzenk, and practiced. In 2007 I went to my first national championship tournament and won my first three matches then I felt an odd pain in my elbow. I didn't know what it was so continued to grit through the pain. The next round I completely ripped a tendon in my right elbow ending my day. I was only a right handed armwrestler until this point. While recovering from this injury for a solid year I found out I could armwrestle left handed.
PeSzy: Besides armwrestling, what other sports have you been involved in?
I grew with sports like track, football, baseball, soccer, karate and Rodeo but I wouldn't say I was really good at any of these.