Up Close & Personal
1.When did you fall in love with boxing?
I first fell in love with the sport during a PPV event that my brothers were all eager to watch. It was the return of Iron Mike Tyson from an over 1 year absence out of the ring and he was taking on a fighter everyone expected him to beat, Frans Botha. The fight itself was a bit surprising as the underdog Botha was clearly winning every round and Tyson looked anything but the Baddest Man on the Planet. In the 5th round the commentators were saying that Mike was showing signs of being a shot fighter, but only a few seconds later, it all changed. One powerful right hand and Frans Botha was down for the count and I instantly fell in love with boxing.
2.What about Boxing drew you to it?
The fact that in boxing it doesn't matter how far behind you are, one shot can change everything. No other sport can offer that. In football you can't have a 20 point touchdown, in baseball you can't have a 7 run homerun, but in boxing you can be losing every second of every round and one punch, one action can erase everything and make them the winner of the fight.
3.Who was the fighter that first grabbed your attention?
That would have to be Mike Tyson. Not just cause he could end a fight with a single shot, but also because he drew your interest when he was outside of the ring. Mike would say the craziest things and it would make you want to see what he was going to do next. In the boxing ring any moment he could explode and that was not only with his punches, so it made him interesting to watch and one of my favorite fighters of all time.
4.What 3 things do you love the most about boxing?
Well I like watching the skill. Seeing the speed, athleticism and power of these athletes on display. I also like the strategy the fighters use. Watching fighters that have less natural talent out-think and outwit their opponent and overcome the odds with nothing more then a great game plan, and most off all I love the action of a fight, I don't think there is anything better then watching two fighters standing toe to toe trading shots and seeing which man can get the better of the other. Those are the 3 things I love most.
When you have a fighter that captivates you, draws you to a sport, and takes you on a ride with him throughout his career then he has to be your favorite, so for me that is Iron Mike Tyson. He was amazing to watch when he was in his prime, the speed , power and explosiveness in the ring was unmatched. He would not only win fights with his shots, but also with a glare, putting fear into his opponents before the bell even rang. Later in his career, there was the intrigue of watching him outside of the ring and wondering what would happen when he finally stepped in there. There was only one Mike Tyson and I don't think we will ever see a fighter like him again.
6.Favorite Boxing Movie?
I would say it's Rocky III. The third Rocky film is my favorite cause it just had a bit of everything and still captured the underdog spirit of the first movie. Rocky being the champion, getting knocked out and overcoming it all to take out the villainous Clubber Lang. Besides that, It also had a good sound track with a song I'm sure many of us play before a work out with Eye of the tiger, so overall it was a great movie.
7.What do you wish to accomplish with what you are doing?
Well I would like see the radio show continue to grow and be a constant outlet for boxing fans that just want to hear the sport talked about and hear from the fighters themselves being asked the questions the fans would ask. I think the best thing that can be done in this sport is continuing to talk about, and continue to promote it in any way possible and that's what I have been trying to do with my radio program.
8.Who inspires you?
The boxing fans. I met so many people during my time in this sport and if it was not for the fans that have told me what boxing has meant to them and what it has done for them I could not have put the same passion in my work as I do. Anyone that has a true passion for this sport and is willing to do whatever they can to do for it to thrive inspires me. I just want to see boxing grow in the future and boxing fans that look beyond limitations to help keep boxing alive by either talking about it, writing about it and just being a part of it is all the inspiration I need to keep doing what I'm doing for this sport.