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The 41-year-old lives in Lis­burn with his fi­ance Karen and their Minia­ture Jack Rus­sell Cassie. Kevin is a mul­ti­ple Ul­ster and Antrim light heavy­weight box­ing cham­pion and is a Level 1 qual­i­fied vol­un­teer box­ing coach. He is also a fully-qual­i­fied fit­ness

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - UPDATE - KEVIN FAY

1. What is your ear­li­est me­mory?

My ear­li­est me­mory is los­ing my or­ange bomber jacket in nurs­ery school. I loved that jacket and cried for a whole day. It was never found so I got a new one.

2. Who is the most im­por­tant per­son in your life?

My fi­ance Karen. We have been to­gether for just over five and a half years. We ac­tu­ally met when Karen at­tended my first box­ing fit­ness class back in 2011 and 10 months later we were go­ing out.

3. Shock us — tell us some­thing sur­pris­ing about your­self

I’m 41 years old and get­ting mar­ried for the first and only time on Novem­ber 9, 2017!

4. What is your great­est fear?

I’m re­ally scared of heights. I used to be a welder and worked on build­ing sites. I al­ways had the dreaded fear of climb­ing lad­ders and scaf­fold­ing, which I wasn’t too fond of do­ing!

5. What makes you most happy?

Coach­ing young box­ers and see­ing them progress in­side and out­side of the ring. Good food also makes me very happy!

6. And your big­gest re­gret?

I tend not to re­gret any­thing as ev­ery­thing in life hap­pens for a rea­son and if it’s meant for you it won’t go past you.

7. How do you chill out?

In my Su­per­man one­sie, in front of the TV with a good movie and munchies with Karen and Cassie.

8. What’s the most im­por­tant les­son you have learned in your life?

No mat­ter how im­pos­si­ble or far off any­thing seems, you should never ever give up.

9. The book, the song and the film that mean the most to you, and why?

Book: The Quiet Man. I love the fact that it’s about a boxer who moves back to ru­ral Ire­land in the ‘20s and re­builds his life. Song: Me­tal­lica, Noth­ing Else Mat­ters be­cause it’s mine and Karen’s favourite song and at the end of the day noth­ing else mat­ters. Film: Rocky, star­ring Sylvester Stal­lone, as it’s a story about an un­der­dog go­ing on to win a fight and ev­ery­one loves an un­der­dog. Rocky never gave up. This movie res­onates with me as I’m so pas­sion­ate about box­ing and, as a coach, bring­ing out the best in my box­ers.

10. If you could change one thing about your­self what would it be and why?

My hair, be­cause I’d like more of it!

For de­tails on Kevin’s taster train­ing ses­sions at S13 (the for­mer B&Q build­ing on the Boucher Road) and to pre-book tick­ets visit https://south13.co.uk or find us on so­cial me­dia Face­book and In­sta­gram #weares13

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