Kevin Boehm – The Fighter That Could
Have you ever felt so passionate about a sport that you would uproot your whole life, your family, friends, and environment just to move to a better location to further your success? For some fighters, that is where the journey ends. For others, it’s merely just the beginning: a risk necessary to take in order to achieve the dream.
Kevin Boehm, 18, of Midtown MMA is currently chasing his dream of becoming a UFC fighter and has recently moved out to the Portland area to train at the best of the best: Team Quest.
“I knew I’d be giving up a lot, but to me it’s worth it. MMA is my life; it saved me from what I was doing and put me back on track. I gave up my family and friends just to train at Team Quest, an hour and a half from home because it’s the best place there is.”
Boehm’s early life is nothing to write home about. Nothing has been handed to him, nor has he taken advantage of every opportunity or made any extreme achievements. It has been a slow re-focusing process for him, and he’s happy with where he is in his life at this point.
“I got into a lot of trouble in the past few years, I hung with the wrong crowd, and I got in to the wrong things. People looked at me like I was some punk teenager – because I was. MMA has given my life a 180. It’s saved me.”
Although Boehm is happy where he is now, there is one person that he truly misses back home, and at his former gym.
“Corey Wyatt trained and taught me a whole different perspective on MMA. He taught me the technique, the skills, and to respect the sport. He’s truly my hero. I don’t know what I would have done without him as a trainer and coach in life and MMA.”
Boehm has an amateur record of 1-1 and says that he’s not angry with his record. He has also taken many opportunities with exhibitions.
“It’s not about the numbers, or the number of times I’ve missed the mark. You can’t lose as an amateur. You either win or you learn. If you don’t learn, that’s when you truly lose. I take my losses and I pick them apart and learn.”
Boehm is craving, desiring and needing to achieve his ultimate goal: the UFC.
“I’ve got to have it. That’s my dream, that’s where I want to be. Everything I do is all about fighting. My life has molded its way around fighting. It’s what I live and breathe.”
Many fighters say they must have that dream and they must achieve the ultimate success and become a UFC fighter, but Boehm says he’s really willing to make the leap and train.
“I feel like the cage is where I need to be. It’s the only place I feel complete. I train hard and work hard to do what I need to do in the cage, and that’s where I want to spend my life. I have lots of amazing opportunities to train at Team Quest and right now I’m training and teaching fitness classes at a gym down the road. My life is focused on fighting.”
Boehm’s next chance to prove himself as a champion in training is on November 3rd, at Fisticuffs in Vancouver, WA. His opponent, Hank Koonce of Octagon MMA is making his debut.
“I don’t really know the guy, and I don’t know what to expect, but I definitely want to come out with the win. I need to gain some weight for the fight, but I know I can do it. I’m training hard, multiple days a week and I know I can focus and win.”
Going forward I can only hope to expect nothing but success from Boehm as he seems to be very driven in his goals and would like to excel in all types of MMA.
“MMA and the UFC is where I want to be. I can’t imagine being anywhere else than inside that cage. The cage is my home.”