12. The Promoter: Steve Shepherd

 

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Steve Shepherd is a five-time world kickboxing champion and a kickboxing promoter in the state of Florida. His martial arts journey began with ShotokanGoju karate, in which he earned a black belt in 1975. Shepherd then turned to professional kickboxing that same year. Steve started promoting his own fights between 1977–1999. He was the first kickboxing world champion who was also a major event promoter. In the 1970s, he helped make South Florida a hotbed for martial arts. Steve Shepherd was the first kickboxer to draw over $1 million in live gate receipts. 

During his fighting career, Steve accumulated a record of 50-5-1. Shepherd holds wins over notable fighters like Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Dale “Apollo” Cook, and Bob Thurman.

Nowadays the retired prize fighter continues to inspire and help civilians get healthy. Steve operates his own gym in West Palm Beach.

On this episode, Steve Shepherd and I discuss the good old days of American Kickboxing, the ups and down of promoting fights, and how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Music: Into The Void by Black Sabbath

 

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11. The Prodigal Son: Dyah Davis

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The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

Dyah Ali Davis is a super middleweight pro boxer and the son of the late, great olympic gold medalist Howard Davis Jr. For the past 14 years, Dyah has been making a name for himself in two different sports;  one is boxing, the other is MMA.

As a professional boxer, Dyah holds an impressive record of 25-4-1. He is a long and lanky technician who has a habit of making contenders look like novices. As a head coach at American Top Team, Dyah is in a class of his own. He is the boxing coach of numerous prize fighters including UFC champion Amanda Nunez, Dustin Poirier, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and Bellator prospect Jordan Young to name a few.

Today Dyah Davis joins the podcast to talk training, balancing fighting and coaching, and self motivation. Hit the arrow.

Music: Blood, sweat, and Gears; by Curren$y 

 

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