The Badlands Brawl is Thursday. One of the feature bouts includes Matt “Mama’s Boy” Bentz, and Bentz draws his inspiration from a small source.
“I have a baby,” Bentz said. “She’s probably my base priority.”
Bentz’s life changed forever nine months ago when his daughter Paizlee was born. Before having Paizlee, Bentz would sometimes train in Minot, but that was too far way from his daughter.
“When I had a baby, it became almost impossible to travel and be away from her that much,” Bentz said. “I didn’t want to be away from her that much.”
The new 29-year-old father also wanted to continue his pursuit of a boxing career, but there were not a lot of gyms that met his rigid training standards.
“There wasn’t a lot here,” he said. “That’s why I decided to open a gym with a couple of my buddies here. I was always traveling a lot for fight camps.”
Bentz was ready to fight, but he still needed to find a personal trainer. His top choice was Shelby Pudwill, but it wasn’t easy to land his dream choice.
“Some people like the idea of boxing,” Pudwill said, “but once they see the work they put in they fade away from it.
Bentz quickly proved himself worthy. After a few sessions, Bentz could already see his trainer’s impact on “the importance of getting my jab out there, getting it on him and getting it in his face even if it’s not hard. Snapping it out there and making him respect me.”
Bentz won his professional debut on April 1. Even though he does not know how far we can take his boxing career, Bentz is just living in the moment.
“Right now I’m having a lot of fun with it,” he said. “I haven’t thought about how far. I would definitely like to try to take it far.”