Traumatic brain injuries and the general wear and tear that fighters take has been a hot topic for a while now, with many looking at aging fighters as a reason to call fighting barbaric or unsafe. With so many fighters showing signs of being “punch drunk” or other symptoms, what makes a fighter keep fighting and striving to reach goals in such a violent line of work? Muay Thai fighter Kevin Ross writes a weekly column on CantStopCrazy.com where he talks about, well, things that are on Kevin Ross’s mind.
Kevin Ross is one of the most, if not most accomplished muay thai fighters from America so understand that his opinion holds considerable weight. Check out his latest blog entry on why he fights. [link]
It’s not a question of whether or not something is dangerous, it’s not a question of what might possibly happen to you. The only question here is “What are you willing to sacrifice, what are you willing to go through and what are you willing to risk in order to be the best?”
Whenever I would have a serious injury, specifically the time I had my skull fractured, people would ask when I was going to give all this up. “You’re lucky to be alive”, they would say “are you gonna give all this up now?” Not a chance in hell!!! As long as I’m breathing then I will be spending every second going after my dreams. It would have been easy to take all those bumps in the road, and I’ve had plenty of extremely serious ones, as a reason to give up. Most people do and that’s why most people never amount to much in their lives. To me it just fuels me to do more, do be better, and to motivate as many people as I can to do the same.