How Youtuber DTG (Deji) Used Boxing To Help With His Mental And Physical Health!
Boxing is becoming an increasingly popular sport. With the rise of YouTube Boxing, a new wave of fans and participants are getting involved.
YouTube stars like KSI, Jake Paul, and Logan Paul have definitely shone a light on the sport which has now led to the start of the Misfits boxing series on DAZN.
In October 2022, YouTuber DTG (Deji) took part in his first ever boxing match.
We were fortunate enough to ask DTG some questions about his boxing match and training, and here’s what he had to say.
What First Excited You About The Idea Of A Boxing Match?
“I love a challenge. It made it more exciting that it was such short notice for someone who lives the lifestyle I do. Taking into account how cool the idea of crossover boxing is and how far it’s come already where it’s still in its early days, it’s cool to have gotten involved so early too.”
What Impact Has Training For A Boxing Match Had On Your Mental Wellbeing?
“It was really good to be fair. To channel my focus directly into one thing and blocking out everything else kind of felt like a form of therapy for me. I go through a lot in my life, things I never mention. It’s tough for me. So I reckon it was really good for my mental [health].”
What Physical Changes Have You Noticed Within Your Body?
“I definitely toned up and cut some belly fat. I’ve done training before by myself so I know what it’s like when you see your body transform. Where we were training for a fight and not exactly to lose weight, because of the weight class, there wasn’t a crazy difference but it was noticeable.”
Why Do You Feel It’s Important To Stay Active To Support Your Mental Wellbeing?
“Again, it’s more to take your mind off things. Overthinking is a killer. Having too much time to think about negatives can drive you crazy in itself. So keeping active is definitely good for that.”
What Advice Would You Give To Someone Who Suffers From Mental Health Issues?
“Talk to someone. Honestly. I know it’s cliche but it helps. I still struggle to talk about what I go through. You may think it’s embarrassing but you’d be surprised how many people can relate to your situation or feel the same pain for a completely different reason too. We can all help each other bit by bit.“
DTG boxed very well during his match and sadly lost a controversial decision. Win, lose or draw, stepping into a boxing ring takes a huge amount of guts and anyone who enters the ring should be proud to have been part of the experience.
What Are The Benefits Of Boxing?
Boxing has a vast range of benefits, including:
- Improving fitness
- Building confidence
- Improving coordination
- Decreasing stress
- Improving physical wellbeing
- Aids weight loss
- Boosts strength
- Lower blood pressure
- And more!
If you’d like to take part in boxing, contact your local boxing gym.
Most boxing gyms have a friendly atmosphere despite many of our preconceptions.