To make you a champion David Haye, the world heavyweight boxing champion, revealed his blueprint for you and anyone wanting to beat the biggest and heaviest world champion in whatever field of enterprise. Here are his words:
“If you persevere well enough, as time goes on you will have to fight better fighters. You have to have earlier nights and start thinking about what is important.
“For me that was being No.1 in the world, the best heavyweight in the world. And going out clubbing does not help that. You have to lose all the luxuries in life if you want to get to the very top in whatever is your notoriously hard sport. Food, sex, everything - every single pleasure you have, or only even dream about, must be cut out of your life. There is no room for anything other than training and fighting. But you have to look at the big picture and tell yourself that is only for a couple of months, maybe 10 weeks. You have to be mentally strong and realize what you are doing is for a reason. I have yet to bump into a world champion who spent more time in a club than a gym.
“I needed to put all my mental energy into one thing – boxing. Since age 10, I have been training and boxing. Every other part of my life has suffered for the one night when I became world heavyweight champion. I would be down the gym while my mates would be out having a laugh or whatever. But those are sacrifices you must make. Sure I was tempted but I wanted something bigger. I still had fun, don’t get me wrong, but I knew I had to curb it or my dreams would stay exactly that – dreams.
“Sunday morning at 9 a.m., I would be heading for the Lodge to train. No watching TV, no computer games. If I was not running and boxing, I would be boxing and running. Only the order changed, not what I did. Yet I never saw that as a negative. I knew I had to train hard to be the best – and now I am.
“It was what had to be done to get the best out of myself. And that is what has to be done now to stay at the top.”
Source: Daily Sunsport of November 13, 2009 reporting on David Haye’s defeat of the giant Nikolai Valuev to snatch the WBA Heavy Weight Champion belt.
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