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Lawn man by day - The Hammer by night meet Justin Sysum, wrestler

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

  • Justin Sysum

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Mild-mannered businessman Justin Sysum leads a quiet life by day, selling artificial sports pitches around the county.

At night he transforms into his alter ego The Hammer and takes on all-comers in the wrestling ring.

Justin, 28, who runs Perfect Green Grass with brother-in-law John Parsons, has always had a soft spot for the underdog and now wants to take that mantra and his hard-hitting style into rings around the UK.

Linden wrestler Justin is likely to have his hands full as he battles his way around the wrestling circuit.

The sport is experiencing a UK boom not seen since the days of granny favourites Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, Mick McManus and Kendo Nagasaki.

Other rising UK stars include The Black Messiah, Mr Efficient , Marshall X, Dynamite Dan and The Aztec Curse Sancho Cortez.

Justin, who competed in the shot put for Gloucester Athletics Club, describes himself as athletic, intelligent and determined, with an innate sense of justice - and modesty.

He insists he has what it takes to reach the top after only taking up the sport in 2012.

He said: “I started growing my hair and my friend Pete told me I looked like a wrestler, so I went to the Pro Evolution wrestling training hall five minutes from my house to see if I could perform like one too.

“I’m always inspired by people who beat the odds to become successful, in wrestling all of the small guys were told they wouldn’t make it but got to the top.

“I train at three different establishments under trainers from all styles of wrestling. I want to be an all round balanced wrestler, I came in with the athleticism and physique and now I am learning how to wrestle.

“Often kids come in knowing everything about wrestling because they sit in front of the TV watching it. If that’s you then get in the gym and make sure you could take on and beat everyone in the audience watching.”

Justin took on The Hammer moniker following his success as a hammer thrower in athletics, where he represented the county in national championships.

After beating Sha Samuels to the Pro Evolution heavyweight title at the Capital Venue in Quedgeley, he now has his sights set on knocking over Doug Williams at Wotton Hall, Barnwood, on March 22 at 6.30pm.

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