Sean “Boom” Hancock World Champion story. Sean "BOOM" Hancock, the PAL ambassador for the United States, Wins Gold at the I.F.A. World Championship. In September, 2021, a new World Champion was born. Sean "BOOM" Hancock won first place at the I.F.A. world championship held at Disney World in Orlando Florida USA. "Boom" is the United States ambassador for the PAL as well as a Promoter and high level referee for the PAL, URPA, IFA and the USAA. "Boom" worked double duty at this years world championship competing as well as refereeing the tournament. The last world championship tournament was held in Rumia, Poland where "Boom" placed 4th. ()
PeSzy: Welcome! It was only recently that I had the opportunity to ask Sean about the World Cup in the USA. And many other things. Welcome! Congratulations on your recent world championship title. There are many things you do with the sport of arm wrestling. Tell us about your arm wrestling history and how you got to where you are now.
BOOM: I started competing in professional tournaments in 2006. Since that time I have had many ups and downs with not being able to travel much because my kids were small, injuries like torn connective tissues and even a broken arm in 2017 while I competed at a tournament in Shreveport, Louisiana USA. Since I began, I have won many state and international titles but this is my first World Champion title. My kids are grown now giving me the freedom to travel. I am a co-captain for team U.S.A. and I plan on competing at the World championship tournament each year no matter where it is in the world. I am blessed to have three sponsors and have not had to spend my own money to travel or compete in several years. It is a dream being able to travel the world and get paid to do what I love. This sport involves a lot of pain and hours of daily training but I would not trade it for the world. People are asking me if I am ready to give it up now and go out on top. There is no way I would quit now. This just fuels me to train even harder and longer to do it again next year and the year after that. What is life without dreams and goals? I strive live life not exist only.
PeSzy: Other than competing, what are your goals for the sport of arm wrestling?
BOOM: I have many goals for this sport. I wake up before daylight every morning to train so I can compete at a high level. After I finishing training I spend several hours doing various things for the sport. I am always working on putting together a new tournament somewhere in the country. I have to spend time on the phone and my computer dealing with sporting commissions, venues, sponsors, hotels, and all sorts of things it takes to host a quality tournament.