Boxing: Vogel sacrificed everything boxing

The word sacrifice comes up a lot in boxing. As Tyler Vogel prepares for his bought in the Badlands Brawl, his sacrifices come in all the areas of his life.

“I have to train at least six hours day,” Vogel said. “So, I can’t really have another job.”

Tyler Vogel packed up all his belongings and moved from Billings, Mont. back to Bismarck to pursue his boxing dream.

“I don’t really go out and party at all,” Vogel said. “It takes up all my time. I have to eat clean.”

Eating clean means Tyler can only eat baked foods. He considers foods that have to be microwaved as dirty foods that could harm his body.

Since Tyler isn’t working, he relies on the neighborhood he grew up in for support.

“You make $200 or $300 a round,” said Vogel, “so if you go four rounds you’re not making a lot. We get a lot of money through sponsorships.”

Because the cash prizes are low, Tyler has fought 10 times between MMA fighting and boxing in the last two years.

“I just take them as they come,” Vogel said. “I don’t try to live paycheck to paycheck.”

But there’s also a lot of pressure to win. Undefeated boxer commands the highest dollar value, but each loss makes you less attractive to promoters.

“If you big time like Andre Ward,” Vogel said. “It could do down a couple of thousand. At the beginning it could down a couple of hundred.”

So why would Tyler put himself through so much?

“It’s hard sometimes,” Vogel said. “I get to do what I love every day, so it makes it worth it.”
 
Tyler fights Danny White in the Badlands Brawl tomorrow.
 

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