Max Boxing – News – “Some people spend their whole lives wondering if they made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have this problem”
Ronald Reagan’s quote from 1985 perfectly sums up Michael Montero’s willingness to participate in Atlanta Corporate Fight Night on September 16. Atlanta Corporate Fight Night was created by promoter Terri Moss in 2010, and pairs white-collar workers with sanctioned amateur boxing matches, with the proceeds going to charity. .
Montero, who is a boxing journalist and podcast host, describes himself as a “boxing lifter,” is also a sailor. He will face John Ochoa as the main event, dedicating the fight to his late brother Anthony, who died ten months ago from an overdose. In true nautical style, Montero’s main event battle with Ochoa is an effort not only to raise funds for those suffering from addiction, but to let them know that their struggles do not go unnoticed and that much of it. help is available.
“Anthony was my best friend,” Montero revealed. “His death was devastating and put me in a dark place. Earlier this year, I decided I was going to dedicate myself to training for a fight in order to honor his memory. With this decision came the training which, in the process, gave Montero a renewed sense of purpose. “The training was sometimes brutal,” he admitted. “Buckets of sweat, a lot of headaches, a little blood, a few injuries that I had to overcome. But it also saved my life in a way. I was able to materialize the mental and emotional pain that I went through. It was the training that helped me get back to sleep, avoid alcohol consumption and junk food. I was truly dead inside and this process brought me back to life.
Montero heard about the Atlanta Corporate Fight night while interviewing Terri Moss on his podcast “The Neutral Corner” and visiting his gym, Buckhead Fight Club. “I met Terri after moving to Atlanta from Los Angeles a few years ago,” he recalls. “I saw the posters for his CFN events at Buckhead Fight Club and asked him about it. She couldn’t have one last year due to the COVID pandemic and the lockdowns that followed, but when Terri was able to bring it back this year, the timing couldn’t have been more opportune for me. As soon as she announced ACFN 14, I was on board!
Training for a better mindset and a better body gave Montero a head start and he described the process. “I started training at the start of the year just to get up from the couch, to fight my depression,” he said, and in typical Montero fashion, he revealed that he was not in good shape. “At first it was just a big camp,” he said bluntly. “I was working on the pounds I gained from the COVID lockouts and mourning the death of my brother,” – which, he continued, “mostly consisted of sitting on my ass, drinking like a fish and to eat comfort food. When I first started training I weighed around 240 pounds which was the heaviest in my life ”. Montero continued. “Then came the results and the objective of participating in ACFN. “In the spring I was in my 220s and felt a lot better, physically and mentally,” he said. Armed with motivation, he began to take training to another level. “That’s when I took it up a notch and started doing two a day,” said Montero. “I boxed three times a week, lifted weights three times a week, worked the road once or twice a week. This routine got him to 210 and ready to fight, until injuries occurred. “Unfortunately,” he explained, “I had to deal with injuries along the way which sometimes slowed my momentum. I broke two ribs in combat and tore a pectoral muscle. So, I ‘trained injured’ as the saying goes, and I will be wearing nagging wounds in the ring on September 16, but that’s part of being a fighter.
Coach and fighter Christian Steele accompanies Montero on his training journey and into the ring on September 16. Originally from Philadelphia, Steele now owns Steele Boxing and Fitness in Atlanta. A regular at boxing gyms, Montero has extensive experience with different gyms to appeal to. “When I lived in Los Angeles, I trained at various gyms around the city. I have been boxing all my life. Because of my work in boxing media, I played in gyms for years alongside some of the greatest fighters in the world, ”he recalled, but then it was all for recreation. Now that a real fight is looming, the stakes are higher. “But it was just for fun, nothing serious and consistent until this year,” he acknowledged and adds to his arsenal a story of being a “sportsman of all trades” wise in sport. “I have always been a very good athlete, practiced just about every sport available in school. And I’m a United States Marine, so I’ve been through a lot of brutal training. Nothing disturbs me.
Working with Steele Montero developed a fighting style designed to keep opponent Ochoa at bay. “I try to work behind my jab and use my length. At 42, my feet aren’t moving as fast as they used to be, but my hands are still moving quite well, ”he said.
Defense is also an important part of the game plan, as Ochoa is said to be extremely clumsy. “I know he’s coming to take my head,” Montero admitted, “and he’s been through hard times like me and he’s not holding anything back on September 16. Good for Montero, who is up for the challenge.” C is good because as soon as I hear the bell ring, I bring warmth. ”
Reflecting on his first combat experience so far, Montero is excited and eager to fight. “This is my first official amateur fight on the charts and I couldn’t be more excited about it,” he said. “The experience has been great so far. Terri Moss really knows how to put on a world class event, and I can’t wait to fight the night.
Support Michael Montero by purchasing tickets directly through his link www.buckheadfightclub.com/event-details/michael-montero-atlanta-corporate-fight-night-14 or get ACFN tickets through Ticketmaster. Ticket prices range from $ 40 to $ 100. Live PPV to catch all the action is available on the WBC network for $ 12.99, wbc.vivetv.network/events/sept-2021/atlanta-corporate-fight-night/.