WBC World Super Middle-Weight Champion Boxer
March 20, 2019
Even if you're not into sports, you'll like this one! It's about resilience, determination, fighting back against the odds, and believing in yourself.
Cancer can be a devastating diagnosis under the best of circumstances. When you’re a professional athlete, let alone a boxer it can also mean the instantaneous end of your entire career regardless of outcome. In the case of Flint’s Anthony Dirrell it just meant he had to work harder. Overcoming cancer was a huge achievement, getting cleared to resume his boxing career was another. However, no sooner had those two events occurred, then he was involved in a serious motorcycle accident that led to a broken leg, broken arm, and various other critical injuries.
But Dirrell is from Flint. A Flint Central Indian to be precise, and as such ‘quit’ just isn’t in his vocabulary. He healed his bones, resumed his workouts, remained cancer free, and became a world champion boxing challenger yet again. He had previously held a world boxing title, and despite his incredible challenges he was on a mission to win the WBC World Super Middle Weight title yet again- and he did!
Flint looms large in his legend, and they don’t call Flint the “Toughest Town Around” for nothing. It breeds champions in business, music, sports and of course boxing. Competitiveness is innate. When asked about winning Olympic medals he say’s “You don’t win silver and bronze medals, you get those for losing the gold.” Yeah..he’s THAT competitive! Beat cancer? Check. Beat multiple broken bones? Check. Come back and win a WBC World Title? Yeah..because there is first place and everyone else. It takes just that kind of fighting spirit to be the best in the world…especially when someone is trying to knock your face off of your skull in the ring. But maybe, just maybe that’s a metaphor for life to. Don’t back down. You can always win, no matter the odds. That’s pretty hard core. That’s pretty Flint. That’s Anthony Dirrell.
Listen to Fish and Anthony talk about what it takes to win, and a whole bunch of other cool stuff!
Quotes of the Show:
"You win first. You get second."
"I train when my opponents are asleep."