David "Nino" Rodriguez On Life & Boxing - Page 3
Bryan: Others might call this thrill seeking. I’m seeing a lot more than that, what do you see it as?
David: I would say that. There’s definitely a rush of adrenaline that comes into play and I would consider myself an adrenaline junky. Every fighter that I know, including myself, has a bit of a self-destructive element within them. I think that we get off on high risk and high adrenaline. Of course, not everyone is like that. Some people want to jump out of planes, some people like to race cars. With boxing – it's winner take all. It’s a completely different mindset. If you get past the brutality of it, it’s a beautiful sport.
Bryan: I would liken it to a physical version of chess, would you agree?
David: Exactly! I would call it a high speed game of chess.
Bryan: You have a boxing record that very few people can say that they’ve had. What are your reflections on that?
David: Yes, I have the best record of anyone in the heavyweight division. Yes, I definitely have a ton of setbacks as well. I’ve had every kind of injury. When you’re in a physical game like this, you’re going to get them and they’ve all set me back for years.
Bryan: Are you ever worried about the long term effects of these injuries?
David: That concerns me every day. I think about it every day and I’d be an idiot not to. I want to leave this sport before it leaves me. They say there are three things that leave you in boxing – your speed, your reflexes and then your friends. Once you stop getting out of the way of the punches and your defense starts to go, that’s the time to get out. It won’t get any better from there. Right now, I still feel that I’m at peak performance – I think I’ll be that way for at least another three years, or so I hope. Some guys get old overnight.
Bryan: Wife? Kids? What’s next on the agenda for you on your journey?
David: Right now, I’m having a blast. I mean, I’m not trying to run the well dry but at the same time it’s almost there. I’ll know in the next few years whether this is still for me. As for family life, I want to go into that knowing it’s the right decision and that I did everything right in my life, I want to be satisfied and be ready to do that. I want to know everything I’ve done has been right. I want to be able to say that I’ve sewn my oats.Continued on the next page