It’s not every day you get the chance to gain an insight in to the life of a World Heavyweight boxing Champion, but that’s exactly what LLS’ students got when they enjoyed a 40 minute Zoom Q&A with Kristian Blacklock, Tyson Fury’s strength and conditioning coach.
Aged 16-18, Kristian knew he wanted to work in sport and the idea of becoming a teacher or doing something he enjoyed was at the forefront of his mind. After graduating from a sports degree at Staffordshire University, he became a personal trainer and enjoyed working in gyms helping the public achieve their fitness goals.
‘If you do the same things over and over, it can become stale’.
Kristian’s first opportunity to train a professional boxer was with then British Super-Middleweight Champion, Paul Smith; subsequently, he went on to be the S&C coach to Paul’s three brothers who are also professionals.
‘I never charged a penny to Paul Smith, I did it to build my experience’.
Gaining voluntary work experience is a key pillar in the foundation for young people aspiring to achieve a career in the sports industry through LLS and Kristian said this about his first voluntary experience in professional boxing: ‘it was fun – it enabled my career to go to another level’.
‘A friend of mine, the owner of Applied Nutrition introduced me to Tyson Fury’.
Thanks to Kristian’s conscientious approach to his work and his ability to build good professional relationships, he was given the opportunity to work with Tyson Fury in 2015. This was the start of a working relationship that is still going strong today, despite many changes within the team who support the current two-time World Heavyweight Champion.
Highs & Lows
Since beating Wladimir Klitschko and more recently, American heavy-hitter – Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury has enjoyed the highs but also experienced many lows, as well-publicised in the media. During the Q&A, Kristian spoke openly about both but when we asked about his favourite memory with Tyson Fury away from ‘a proper buzz’ of fight night, he said:
‘We flew private jet from Las Vegas to Los Angeles to meet Mike Tyson. We spent the day with him, stayed in the best hotel in LA and went to watch a boxing event with ringside tickets. The night we flew back on a private jet, I sat with the pilots. That’s probably the best weekend I had’.
Key Points for Students
- Passion – the people at the top of sport are passionate, it’s not a job to them. You’ve got to love your job to be good at it.
- Open minded – science and ideas are always changing and you have to be adaptable to change. Don’t get cocky!
- Consistency – if you want results, be consistent, no matter what your goals are.
Watch the full interview
To learn more about Kristian Blacklock, Tyson Fury and the other professionals involved in a fight camp, you can watch the full interview on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIDy3A3yf5Q
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