BOXING USED ME UP
“Talking bout you using people,
It all depends on what you do,
It aint too bad the way you using me,
Cuz I sure am using you to do the things you do”
I write this from the discomfort of my homemade sauna in the hotel bathroom of the Candlewood Suites. There are towels at the bottom of the door to seal all of the heat in. I’m in here at 4:45 as I have been for the 5th morning this week. Well, I wake up at 4:45 and run a few miles in the fitness center before returning to my room.
This is the last morning I will be doing this because it is the finals! I will be fighting against a guy from New York. He has knockout power and has been knocking out fighters all week but I don’t think he will be able to land a punch on me. I am not worried about him, I am worried about my weight.
Every morning I wake up I have to be at 201 pounds. Due to my stress eating, I have not be able to get down in weight and now must suffer the consequence of my late night carb sessions. I often mention to personal accountability that comes with boxing. This is part of it.
I often express my lack of motivation to continue boxing on twitter. I don’t WANT to box and I don’t HAVE to box but I understand that I should be winning tournaments to build a name for myself. My goal is to win nationals in order to get some free tv time to promote my speaking career.
Everyday this week I’ve been asked “Why don’t you turn pro?”. I even received a message from on twitter from an illiterate internet thug.
“I’ve been boxing long enough to know how to spell amateur” is what I should say but I didn’t respond to this message because this guy is looking for attention. I won’t even include his name.
I respond to the “When are you turning pro?” question the same way every time.
“Hey man, everyone has got a price. I’m just doing this for fun right now though.” But this is untrue. Well…everyone does have a price but I’m not doing this for fun. This is no longer fun for me. Maybe all of these tournaments pale in comparison to the Olympics and I’m just desensitized to them.
I used to care. I used to visualize the fight over and over. Now I just kind of make sure I have my mouth piece. I will say that boxing is a lot less stressful when you don’t really care. I haven’t lost any sleep (besides waking up early to make weight) with this tournament. It’s a relaxing event to me now.
I won’t lie and say I don’t get receive any joy from winning boxing matches but winnings isn’t high on my priority list enough for me to enjoy it. I just want to make a comfortable living as a speaker and slowly separate myself from boxing. To do this, I must win this tournament and acquire boxing scholarships to further my education through certifications as a speaker.
So when I wake up at 4:45 to cut 11 pounds daily, this is why. To generate interest in my post and for the readers to share my post and refer me to potential speaking engagements.
I am booking keynotes for the beginning of the school year motivational speeches. I am booking them in any city within a 12 hour drive from Kansas City. Winning the tournament tonight will hopefully help me book some.
I plan on getting press from winning my 4th Golden Gloves Championship and shamelessly promoting my speaking business. Hey, I’m using boxing as a platform for another career. I have no shame in my game.
So here is my flyer. Please share it! I am offering discounts to schools in the same district that book me in the same week.