Following Through Michael Clark


What was one of the best moments for you personally as a professional boxer?
When I won IBS lightweight championship at the Ohio State fairground. I beat a guy that was 26-0 on ESPN - 1998.

How did you earn the nickname “Cold Blood”?
Just trying to come up with something different and it stuck.

What song do you listen to before a match to get you pumped up?
I don’t. I meditate. I see the fight in my head before I get into onto the ring.

When your boxing coach Matt Voltolini adopted you, what were you feeling at that time and how has that changed your life?
That fact that he was an attorney, and his father and brother are attorneys, exposed me to a different lifestyle ... like being able to eat whatever I wanted to eat, and getting an allowance when my grades were good. You know, being rewarded for doing something the right way. It let me see a different way to live my life.

Of all the life lessons you have learned in your life, which one seems to be the most important into shaping the person you are today?
I learned honesty. If I could teach my kids anything, it would be honesty.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Columbus, Ohio?
The Ringside Café. The Michael Clark Burger with two all beef patties with chili on top. The menu says “definitely not a lightweight.”

What has boxing done for your life and how has it impacted you as a person?
It’s made me incredibly humble.

You are currently a boxing instructor at Title Boxing Clubs. What is your favorite part about being a teacher?
Being able to get their attention by showing them the “right way” to box. I like to see the progress and their confidence grow.

Out of all your accomplishments, which achievement sticks out more than the rest and why?
The Contender reality show. It was something that attracted people that weren’t boxing fans. It attracted America. It let them see we are people and that we have real lives.

What do you believe is the biggest difference between your generation and the generation of kids today?
When I was a kid, you had to be home when the streetlights came on. Everyone looked out for everyone else.

What would you tell kids who want to become a professional boxer?
Education comes first. Always have a backup plan. Money isn’t everything. Once you know that, take it (boxing) seriously.