Sandman was born in Cleveland County, NC. on April 25, 1953. Is married to Renae, has 4 children.
He attended Burns High School, Fallston, NC and attended Cleveland Community College.
He is a Vocational Instructor and Licensed General Contractor.
Enjoys Cooking, Fishing, Horse Back riding and Praising the Lord.
Sandman had 17 amateur bouts, 14 wins, 3 losses. He had a total of 70 professional fights winning 47, losing 21, and 2 draws. He fought as a heavy weight against World Champions such as:
- Greg Page, Las Vegas
- John Tate, Knoxville, TN
- Tony Tubbs, Atlantic City, NJ
- Alfonzo Ratliff, Chicago, IL
- Lorenzo Zannon in Milan, Italy
Sandman trained with the following Champs:
- Joe Frazier
- Michael Spinks
- Marvis Frazier
- Jimmy Young
- Bone Crusher Smith
He won the NC Heavyweight Championship in 1979, but lost his title in 1983 by split decision. “Looking Back, I still reminisce about the bouts I forgot and have many fond memories.” Sandman is very involved in his church. He attends Corinth Baptist Church in Vale, NC. and volunteers as a Teacher, Handyman, Missionary and Cook.