David "Nino" Rodriguez On Life & Boxing
When I was a child, I’d sit at my grandfather’s side and watch the fights with him. It was a ritual for us for a very long time. Those are moments I’ll take with me my whole life.
My grandfather was a military man, I saw him in the same way that I saw those boxers on TV – fighters, guys who never gave up, and not a damn thing could get them to either.
After my conversation with boxing Heavyweight Champion David “Nino” Rodriguez, a new word entered my mind when it came to boxers.
Of his 36 professional bouts, he has an impressive record of 34 KO’s, 24 first-round KO’s.
“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson.
That quote fits David to a tee. He never gave up on the one thing he truly wanted – to be a better man. That’s an unending fight; it is also one that he recognizes. After all, we’ll never reach perfection. We can always strive to be better than we are.
David does this in and out of the ring; he’s a gracious man, a Holy man and an all around cool guy to talk to. I’m truly convinced that anyone who talks to him will see that he naturally finds a way to relate to you. That’s a promise.
So far, I’ve established myself as a writer who’s been able to have some truly awesome conversations with notable people. David and I’s conversation is no exception to the rule.
David and I talk about life, boxing and how the two relate.
Bryan: How old were you when you started boxing?
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David: I’ve been boxing since I was 5 years old. I started at a very young age. Throughout my adolescent years, I was always in trouble in school. I couldn’t do any of the sports in school because I was always getting into trouble. So, the only place that took me in was a boxing gym. I fell in love with the sport and I took to it very easily. I fought amateur in my teens and when I turned 21 I went pro.