It’s very, very close to Dan Perry’s big test – his second professional boxing bout, this time against Stu Finlan in Leicester on Saturday. Dan, a 19-year-old student at Leicester University, explains how he has been preparing for the fight. Here’s his latest report…
The last week of pre-fight camp has been all about recovering from the past six weeks of gruelling work. I had my final sparring session on Wednesday and feel in great shape as Saturday’s fight at the Athena approaches and it is vital now that I rest. Although when I say rest, I mean mobility exercises, stretching and some light cardio to keep my body ticking over. But no matter what I have done in the past week, it has been important for me to “taper” after every session, using Bannatyne’s gym facilities to swim, steam, sauna and stretch off.
Despite the physical nature of my camp, I find it’s always important to be mentally prepared. I have had numerous sessions of hypnotherapy from my mum (who is trained in the field), while also meditating and visualising the desirable outcome of my fight. This may sound like unusual preparation but I believe it was a key factor in winning my previous fights, as an amateur and professional, and is therefore something I continue to do. Along with these mental techniques, I enjoy watching old fights, such as the great Nigel Benn v Chris Eubank battles, before my final training sessions. This will ensure that I finish camp strong.
Emotionally I’m feeling more excited than anything else. I know that I couldn’t have done any more during camp and I also know that I’ll have no regrets when leaving that ring at the end of the night. It’ll be a great show of fights at the Athena and I hope mine will be a highlight, where I’ll be aiming to continue my 100 per cent winning record. However, the nerves will come naturally once I arrive at the venue for my medical on the day and gradually increase as more people and supporters come through the doors. I look to suppress these feelings by visualisation techniques, where I can focus on the task at hand rather than the pressure surrounding me.
Many people have assisted and encouraged me during this camp; my family, friends, girlfriend and all those that have sparred with me, not to mention the great coaches who train us relentlessly down at King’s Gym. I have also been sparring with a former opponent, Lee Green, who has also contributed to the improvements I’ve made during the past six weeks. Finally, I’m very grateful for the platform Sport500 has granted me to talk about my life as a university student and boxer during this camp and to BBC Leicester, who interviewed me this week.
All I can say is Saturday night, when I fight Stu Finlan, is going to be explosive and I can’t wait to get in that ring! And I’ll be telling you all about it a day or two afterwards.
Meanwhile, you can catch up with the result by tweeting me at @danperryboxing