Focus of a Fighter
It’s been 12 months since my run for the 2016 Olympics. I dealt with a wide range of emotions: sadness, confusion, and weirdly, relief. Personal expectations are what drive my personal accountability and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My new goal, as of July 5th of 2016, was to become a successful motivational speaker. For the last year, I have been making the transition from boxing to speaking.
The documentary CounterPUNCH premiered on Netflix less than a month ago. I never thought so many people would be touched by my story. The most amazing part of this documentary, to me, is that it has sparked an interest in the decline of amateur boxing. People are reaching out to me with inquiries on how they can help support local, inner-city boxing gyms.
I love witnessing how many people are seeing how amazing amateur boxing is. Many people have a negative perception of boxers based on the ones that can be seen on PPV. I’m glad that I can put a positive spin on the average boxer.
Boxing has made me who I am. It allowed me to battle my weight issues, develop discipline, find myself, travel the world, become secure in my own skin, and so much more.
When people began inquiring as to how they could support amateur boxing, it blew my mind. Most boxers use up amateur boxing for experience, before running off to the professional ranks. I value amateur boxing much more than I value money and belts.
Most professional boxers turn pro, and then turn their back on the organization that helped take them off the streets. I admire the few boxers, like Andre Ward and Terrence Crawford, that show up to Nationals with no other motive than supporting amateur boxing.
USA Boxing has not always been perfect, but it is an under-funded and overworked organization. I ask all of the people who drag USAB through the mud, “What have you done to improve the state of USAB?” I wanted changes made, so I ran for the Athlete Representative on the Board of Directors.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” —Ghandi
I realize that I am in a very unique position. I am the number one boxer in the country, on the Board of Directors, Captain of the USA National Team for several years now, a motivational speaker, and a firsthand witness to how the lessons of boxing can drastically change a life for the better.
I’m known for falling short: losing in the 2008 Olympic trials, winning the 2012 Olympic trials and then being suspended and removed from the team, winning the 2016 Olympic trials, but then falling short in international competition and not securing a spot in Rio, losing in the medal rounds of the 2015 Pan Am games and becoming the self-proclaimed “Taylor Swift of boxing.” I am known for almost reaching my goals. But I’m also known for never quitting.
Boxing has given me the confidence to set large goals. It has given me the strength to fight off any fear of failure.
Boxing taught me how to be a fighter. It taught me to keep fighting even when things don’t go my way. It has taught me to be resilient. It has taught me to manipulate my perspective to find the silver lining. It has taught me personal accountability. It has taught me to value delayed gratification.
Without getting too cheesy, these lessons are why boxing is the greatest metaphor for life.
USA Boxing has a funding problem. People want to help amateur boxing. Amateur boxing has helped me. I want to help people. This is what has inspired me to create a “Focus of a Fighter” workshop.
I will be focusing much of my energy towards putting on motivational boxing workshops that will help individual’s lead positive, healthier lifestyles, and overall, personal-betterment centered around the greatest metaphor for life…boxing.
This will bring awareness and financial support to amateur boxing programs around the country.
For the last few weeks, I have been creating content for this workshop. The objective is to relate boxing to the everyday grind of life and teach the lessons that boxing taught me. Learning the lessons of boxing without being punched isn’t too bad!
I put on my first “Focus of a Fighter” workshop this weekend in Kansas City. It was a small test event with about 20 people. I’m happy to report that it was a success!
For the price of admission, you will receive the workshop full of motivation and life lessons, with the added bonus of one minute of sparring with the multi-time, heavyweight national champion boxer: Me. We get gloved up and get in the ring. You then get one minute to land punches on me, but I cannot throw punches back. Good luck trying to land! Ha!
These are some of the bullet points of the workshop:
- -Maintain focus in high-stress situations
- -Develop the champion’s mindset
- -Understand metrics in and outside of the ring
- -Live a healthier lifestyle while working 40+ hours a week
- -Get the most out of your body: being faster, stronger
- -Perform fundamental techniques of boxing/defense/neutralizing punches
- -Dealing with aggressors and getting yourself out of sticky situations
I’m excited about my new direction in speaking and the prospect of all the lives I can change, while doing the two things I love most. My next workshop is at Victory Boxing Gym in Omaha on August 5th.
Click here for tickets- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/focus-of-a-fighter-workshop-tickets-36327138449
I’m looking to do a workshop in a gym in Lincoln, Nebraska on August 4th or August 6th but looking for the right gym to do it in.
I will be doing workshops every weekend in different cities. If your gym is interested in having me conduct a workshop to help your LBC raise funds, please reach out to me.
Video of the workshop in Kansas City.
Cam F Awesome
(Edited by Missy Fitzwater)
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