Q&A: Big Rig giving back to hometown

Q&A: Big Rig giving back to hometown

Warren ‘Big Rig’ Sinden (3-0-1) hopes that opening a new gym in his hometown will give something back to the local community. In September, the popular light-middleweight opened the Rigorous Gym in his hometown and the reception from the local community has been unprecedented. Sinden has always received raucous support from his neighbours, taking over 100 fans to his fights across the country and in return, he offers them a range of boxing classes and provides a home for Welshpool Amateur Boxing Club. Sinden, a Welsh ABA finalist, turned professional in 2011 but the unbeaten boxer’s biggest enemy has been inactivity, having only had four professional contests in three years but Sinden says he will return to the ring at some point in the future. BoxingWales caught up with Sinden to pick his brains on his new venture… Question 1 – BoxingWales: What were your reasons for opening the new gym? Answer – Warren Sinden: “I had a few! Welshpool Amateur Boxing Club would have been homeless due to a change in landlord at their old gym in February. So, my Dad (Mike Sinden), who has run the club single handed for over 30 years asked me to open my own gym, which the club could be homed from. I had just left a local gym where I was working as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. I studied Personal Training, Sport Science and Nutrition at the University of Central Lancashire. So, this was something my Mum and Dad were keen for me to put to practice.” Question 2 – BoxingWales: How is the gym going so far? Answer – Warren Sinden: “Being my own boss allows me to arrange everything around my own training schedule, rather than having to fit training in around a full time job. Obviously, I love for sport, fitness and health. I love helping others, too. I know that one day, Dad is going to want to slow down a bit and maybe one day, when my own boxing is over, I will have this in place to take over from my Dad with Welshpool ABC. Although, I know he will never stop, he’s 62 and he’s still sparring the lads!” Question 3 – BoxingWales: What are the aims for the gym and what do you want it to achieve? Answer – Warren Sinden: “My first aim was to put the club into a better, bigger gym. I run Lady Rigs for female boxing, Little Rigs for the younger kids and they’re both non-contact but I do let them beat up on me in coach sparring. I also do Big Rigs, a men’s boxing fitness training, which again, is non-contact boxing. It has ex-boxers from Dad’s days come to relive their youth and stay active. Plus, we have lads who are working with me and getting a taste for the ring to hopefully go onto work with Dad to represent Welshpool Amateur Boxing Club. I see it as a production line for the boxing club. My dream from the gym would be to have a female win a Welsh vest and box for Wales. I say this because for myself it all started with the ladies boxing.” Question 4 – BoxingWales: What has the response been like from the local community? Answer – Warren Sinden: “Seriously ridiculous! It’s that popular now, I have to keep a business card on me if I’m going out as I get collared about what I do all the time. It’s a great feeling to know people appreciate what I’m doing. The gym I have opened is primarily a boxing gym but I have everything there that a personal trainer needs. Being the local professional boxer, people like to be involved with what I’m doing, so my gym and my own boxing go hand in hand. Most people who train with me are BigRig fans and always support me on fight night.” Question 5 – BoxingWales: You seem to offer something to everyone, is this a conscious decision and why? Answer – Warren Sinden: “One thing I have always loved about boxing is how it attracts those who usually don’t get interested in other sports. Bearing this in mind, I like to help anyone who shows interest. I’ve noticed that I have brought a lot of people into the world of fitness whereas before they might not of been doing anything, that’s a great feeling. I’ve recently started helping a young girl who suffers with Cerebral Palsy. She can’t walk unaided yet and she comes to me once a week to have a go on the pads and bags, she loves it! I will help anyone out. There are rules and when those rules are broken, you’re not welcome. I won’t tolerate any idiots, I get that from Dad. I want people to know what we do is good and not have any individual tarnish that.” Question 6 – BoxingWales: You get great support from the local community, is your gym the way you give back? Answer – Warren Sinden: “Yes, absolutely! It gives them a louder voice on the night, when they understand how it really is. It’s not just a case of, “HIT HIM”. I’ve even decided to help the local hockey club by sponsoring their kit. I decided to help a local women’s team out because for myself, my gym started by the interest from the women’s boxing, which has been a massive hit.” Question 7 – BoxingWales: You were a successful amateur, are you hoping that you will help others follow in your footsteps? Answer – Warren Sinden: “Yes! I don’t get too involved with the boxing club as I don’t like stepping on my Dad’s toes, I respect how he does things and his way works, he’s proven that. But I do what I can to help them, usually by just being a friend or a shoulder. Boxing is a very lonely place and I know that better than most having come through my own troubles in the past. I see two lads that can do very well at the club, I just hope that at their age when they get that taste for a beer or girls that they stay dedicated. Sometimes dedication takes a lad a lot further than skills. Hard work beats talent that doesn’t work. I’ve seen many talented lads fall off the train.” Question 8 – BoxingWales: As for your own fighting career, what’s the situation? Answer – Warren Sinden: “My professional career has been awful, I’m the first to admit it. The hunger, the desire, they are still there. My main problem is I have to travel for training and sparring. I had my driving licence revoked after speeding. I’m back on the road and hoping to be back in the ring in March. I’ve had my personal problems, too. I seem to get going and then something else bites me. I just want to thank everyone that’s stuck by me and looking forward to my return. I’d love Dad involved more but he’s not allowed as he’s an amateur coach and they have rules regarding professional boxing. That’s going to be a massive regret for me one day, never having had Dad in my professional corner.” Question 9 – BoxingWales: Do you have a message for the Welshpool fans who want to come and watch you fight in the future? Answer – Warren Sinden: “You won’t get this atmosphere or buzz from any other local sport or event. Does that make me big headed? Maybe. Is it the truth? Definitely. The whole town gets behind me and the noise is incredible! From my previous fights, Birmingham sure does know about the Big Rig fans! If you haven’t been before you’ll love it, whether you’re a boxing fan or not.”

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