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BAMBERG — Sammie Milhouse doesn’t get a lot of sleep these days.

When the professional boxer and trainer from Bamberg isn’t working with clients at Shakehouse Boxing to get in shape and learn more about boxing, he’s working on making himself a better boxer with work in and out of the ring ... especially in these last few weeks leading up to his fight tonight at the Paine College HEAL Complex in Augusta, Ga., at the CSRA Fight Party.

“You can’t miss an opportunity,” Milhouse said. “You’ve got to be a walking billboard. Thankfully, these two professions for me go hand in hand.”

Milhouse had his first professional fight nearly a year ago and has had success in his first two fights. Even though he’s just starting out, the “Bully,” as he is known, has already learned so much from those experiences.

“In my first fight, I learned not to move as much,” Milhouse said. “I fought more like an amateur in my first fight. I was moving the whole fight. But I was in shape. So I was able to do so. But the better the competition, you don’t want to waste energy moving around too much. You want to pace yourself.

“My second fight was kind of quick. I knocked him out in like a minute and 20 seconds. The only thing I learned from that fight is not to come out too wild. When I came out, I kind of let my emotions get the best of me because he made a smart comment that he was going to knock me out. He actually bet me that he was going to knock me out. I kind of got emotional and I didn’t come out like I was trained. I came out almost like he did. After about 30 seconds, I got my composure. My corner said, ‘Calm down.’ So, I got my composure and I dropped him with a hook.”

When people think of boxing, they think of big names like the Floyd “Money” Mayweathers or the Manny Pacquaios of the industry. However, people may not necessarily think of what it takes to get to that level.

“It really takes a lot of patience,” Milhouse said of reaching the status of Mayweather and Pacquaio, “and it takes a good, strong team. You’ve got to work. You’ve got to have a work ethic. You’ve got to have a business sense. It’s called professional boxing for a reason. It’s a business. Amateur (boxing) has its own rules, but it’s mostly for the love of the sport. Once you turn pro, now it’s time to get paid.”

Following tonight’s fight, Milhouse will have a few other fights lined up including one in April. However, he’s not looking forward to any of those bouts just yet because a win tonight could help him down the road.

“A win means a lot,” Milhouse said. “I’m actually in the workings of a promotional deal with a company out of Washington, D.C. They’ve already got me some fights lined up. I’ve got a fight lined up on April 16 in D.C. at the Rosecroft Horse Track. I’ve got another fight in downtown D.C. on January 6 at the convention center.

“So, it’s a real big venue. By the end of 2014, I should be 7-0 or 8-0. Right now, this is the initial stages of my career because I’m getting connected. People are starting to take notice. It’s very important to get this win. I try to take it one fight at a time. The April 16 fight isn’t really happening until I finish this fight.”

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