Fighter

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Fighter

Joe Louis: Fighter.

Fighters aren’t born. Fighters are created.

A fighter is created out of circumstance. He’s moulded from his ability to rise from the depths of despair. Chiselled from hardship and spawned from his ability to, no, his desire to push forward and never relent.

A fighter isn’t only found in the ring, or in the cage. A fighter can be found in your own home. My Mother is a fighter. My Nonna is a fighter. And my Dad is a fighter. My grandparents were fighters because they looked fear, despair, and hardship in the eye, and met it with determination, sacrifice, and even a smile.

An article entitled, “It’s time to Man-Up,” was supposed to be where these words are now. But I realized what “man-ing up” really is. It’s fighting.

The world is made up of people who fight for their beliefs, and fight against injustice. Who fight and claw to make their dreams become realities. The world is also filled with people who whine, cry, wallow in their own self-pity and weakness, letting life have it’s way with them. They accept defeat. Then feel sorry for themselves for losing.

Jack Dempsey FighterJack Dempsey. Fighter.

Life isn’t so much our opponent in this fight, rather, we are our own opponents. We either limit ourselves, or we make ourselves better. It’s when we realize that we have the power to win or lose this fight of will, courage, and mental fortitude, that we can create what we want out of our canvas, which is life.

Are you a fighter?

I don’t know if you are or if you aren’t. What I do know is that no one is always a fighter. We all have moments – or long stretches – where self-pity reigns and excuses fill our minds, clouding the reality that we have control over our thoughts and mood. Over our current situation, and our future one as well. I know that I’m a fighter. In the past I was even too much of a fighter, and it got me in to trouble.

But when faced with adversity I like to meet it head on. Are there times when I think about quitting? Yes. Everyone has those times. We have days when we feel pity for ourselves. When we look at the lives other’s lead and we wish we had some of the things that they have. But a fighter is able to recognize that the voice saying those things isn’t his true voice. It’s his weak voice. He is able to push that voice down, and hear the voice of the warrior he has within him. Pity is lost behind his fire. His will.

Excuses are something that we’re all going to have. I have them daily. You have them daily. But excuses aren’t real. We make them up so we don’t do what we need to do to be great. To be Legendary.

Arturo Gatti FighterArturo Gatti. Fighter.

A fighter knows that the last bell will soon ring.

Above this is a picture of Arturo Gatti, one of my favourite fighters of all time. A guy I grew up idolizing. He was a warrior in the purest sense of the word. There’s no such thing as a boring Gatti fight because he left everything he had in the ring. Everything. And now he’s gone.

One thing a fighter knows is that his time in that ring is limited. A fighter in life knows that his time in life is limited. He doesn’t know how long he has, but he knows that on the day that he dies, he wants to think that it was enough time. That he did what he set out to do. Loved how he wanted to love. Fought the fight he wanted to fight. And left a legacy that he’s proud of.

The worst taste a fighter can ever have in his mouth isn’t the taste of his own blood, for nothing great is accomplished without giving your all. It’s the taste of regret. A fighter in the ring won’t sleep for months if he loses knowing that he could have given just a little bit more. A fighter in life knows that’s a feeling he never wants to have in his departing days.

Rocky FighterRocky Marciano. Fighter.

A fighter sacrifices.

You can’t have it all in life. You can’t have drinks with your friends every night, and still get enough work done. You can’t eat crap and build a great, healthy, powerful body. You can’t sleep 10 hours a day and be as successful as you want to be – if you have any real ambition.

A fighter knows this. He knows that he’s going to go through a lot of pain, whether it’s in training, in the fight, or both, if he’s going to win. He knows he’s not going to be able to spend all the time with his family that he wants to because he’s doing this for them. He’s fighting for them. And if he’s going to win, he has to prepare more than his competition prepares.

A fighter sacrifices. He knows why he is doing what he’s doing. Often its because of something greater than money. That money will do something greater for the people he loves.

Muhammad Ali. Fighter.

A fighter can smell an excuse from a mile away and stop it in it’s tracks.

A fighter welcomes pain when he trains because he knows that means he’s getting better. He’s improving.

A fighter does what’s necessary to win. Hard as it may be. As painful as it may be, he does it.

A fighter fights with honour.

Joe Frazier FighterJoe Frazier. Fighter.

A fighter always knows he can win. 

Even when everyone else in his life thinks he’s going to lose. Thinks he’s not cut out for his career path or for the opponent he’s facing, he knows.

That is what separates a fighter from the rest of the world. He has faith in himself even when no one else does.

When no one else in the world has faith in you. Fight. Know that you really can achieve whatever you truly set your mind to.

Know that you will accomplish all that you deserve. Now it’s time to put the work in and earn it.

Now it’s time to fight

  • Ciaran

    Awesome post Chad. The words of this post have never been truer , in the last week of fight prep and this post definitely made me smile, especially the part about time in the ring being limited. It makes me think that this time next week I want to finish the fight putting everything even the kitchen sink on the mat when its done

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/ Chad Howse

      You'll do great man, let me know how the fight goes!

  • mykemacapinlac

    Such an inspiring post. I was looking for some inspiration this morning, lo and behold, I found it! Thank you Chad!

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/ Chad Howse

      No problem man, glad you liked it!

  • Dean Leach

    Can't wait to read this entire blog post/article. I'm a HUGE boxing fan..watching the fights & training, workouts in boxing, mirror boxing, heavy bad, speed bag. I have a double-end bag that I'm dying to use, gotta hook it up first. EVERYONE should learn to box, what an amazing workout! I used to live in Vero Beach, Fl & lucky me, guess who moved in one day, the great, late, Arturo Gatti, he & his trainer, Teedy Cruz were there to train at Buddy Mcgirts boxing gym. So I got to watch him train, spar…everything. They came over & checked out my dads gym-garage. GREAT GUYS! After a fight, they'd come back 6-8 months later to start training for another fight, I'd see them at Blockbuster or at the gym, and they'd be like, HEY DEAN, how's it goin?! It was very cool. Very sad how Arturo's life ended. He did not kill himself, it's a no-brainer. Hey Chad, I got a couple of pics of me & my dad with Artruo on my FB page. He & those Micky Ward fights WERE SOME OF THE BEST FIGHTS ALL TIME. Micky & Arturo were STUDS.

    Boxing, sprints, working with the weights will give you an outstanding physique!

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/ Chad Howse

      WOW! That's unbelievable Dean. Arturo was by far one of my favourite fighters of all time. No-brainer for sure. It's sad that he's gone, way, way too young. Him and Mickey have two of the biggest hearts in the history of one of the world's oldest sports.

      I'll have a look at those pics on your Facebook page. That's nuts man.

      • Dean Leach

        YES, Arturo & Micky are my favs. BIG hearts like you said! I've got some signed boxing shoes he gave to my dad, some autographs/pics along with some great memories of his training. Watching him train helped me a great deal, because HE TRAINED HARD! It was quite the sight. I believe one pic is up on my FB, I have another I need to add.

      • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/ Chad Howse

        That's awesome man. An experience you'll remember your whole life. Get that other pic up, I'll check it out.

  • RAJ

    Great post as usual Chad. I WOULD HAVE TO SAY MIKE TYSON AND ROCKY MARCIANO ARE TWO OF MY FAVORITE BOXERS. HOWEVER, I THINK THIS 'MMA' IS JUST ANOTHER FAD AND IS TRYING TO REPLACE BOXING. BECAUSE BOXING EXCEPT FOR THE WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION HASNT BEEN AS EXCITING SINCE THE 80'S AND 90'S. I THINK THIS IS ONE OF YOUR BEST ARTICLES YET AS YOU REALLY SUM UP THE SACRIFICE IT TAKES TO BECOME A FIGHTER. MANY OF US MEN WANT TO BECOME FIGHTERS, NOT THAT MANY TRULY UNDERSTAND THE PAIN, HARDSHIPS AND SACRIFICES YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH ESPECIALLY DURING TRAINING. BOXING IS THE TOUGHEST SPORT PERIOD. AND YOU'RE SPOT ON ABOUT ARTURO, HE ALWAYS FOUGHT HIS WAY AND FOUGHT HIS HEART OUT REGARDLESS OF THE OPPONENT OR ANYTHING. MAYBE IF POSSIBLE, YOU CAN STRESS ON HOW MANY HOURS AND WHAT KIND OF SCHEDULE A BOXER SHOULD INCORPORATE INTO HIS TRAINING. JUST BASIC STUFF….THANKS.

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/ Chad Howse

      Hey Raj, that's a good idea for an article, I'll put that on my list.

      I have all of Tysons fights on dvd. One of my all time favourites. As far as Rocky, he's the greatest (I know a ton of people who'll argue with that). Great fighter who never took a step backward even though he was severely undersized as a heavyweight.

  • http://carehanna.blogspot.com Caroline Hanna

    Great post! Good words to live by – "you are your own opponent"… the better we can understand that – the better we can realize our own potential!

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/ Chad Howse

      Thanks Care!
      Agreed. We look without too often, we need to be looking at the person in the mirror, understanding how we're pretty much the only thing standing in our way, and the limitations we place on ourselves through a lack of confidence, belief in ourselves, lack of hard work etc…

  • http://joedegiorgio.com Joe

    Nice post highlighting some of my fave fighters. I love Gatti…they shouldn't have called his bouts "fights", they should have been called "ring wars". He was never in a dull fight. You know I think Marciano was the best, and in my last blog post, I touched a little bit on the death of Frazier. He was a larger than life figure when I was a kid, especially the trilogy with Ali. A sad day to lose him, he was a great heavyweight….

    Way to go Chad!

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/ Chad Howse

      Agreed Joe. He was under appreciated in my mind. Those fights with Ali were obviously legendary, but he had a great career outside of those fights as well. One of the all time greats.

  • Bob G

    Sorry – Can't agree with many of the comments – to me MMA is 'heads over heels' better than boxing. MMA requires a diverse set of abilities – many more than boxing.
    Regarding the best – I'll take 'the cowboy. Every time I see him in an MMA event he is a gentleman – but all business.

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/ Chad Howse

      Hey Bob, there's no argument in here about boxing vs mma. It's like comparing apples and bowling balls as Paulie Walnuts would say.

      I'm a fight fan, whether that be mma, boxing, kickboxing or any other combat sport. I love combat sports, and think they're the best, purest form of competition. I talk about boxing a lot because I did it, and truly do love the sport, it's history, and some of the legends it has produced. mma is a young sport (the sanctioned version we're seeing today), but I love it. It doesn't yet have the history that boxing does, but it's providing us with some great fights. The Henderson vs Shogun fight was a great, great fight, as any fight fan would agree.

      Cerone's on the rise man. He's due for a title shot very soon, love watching his fights, and thanks for the comment!

    • Ryan

      This mma shit is over rated, boxing has been around for like 200 years and no mma fighter can even come 1% as close to mike tyson, ali or marciano. They're jokers compared to these 3 legends. Once someone like tyson comes along, this mma will die.

      • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/ Chad Howse

        I love boxing, but I also love mma. Legends-wise there's no comparison obviously because the mma we have today is such a new sport. I just don't think there needs to be a battle between them. Both are great sports. Any combat sport is, in my mind.