“My students constantly asked why I wasn’t fighting. They always watched UFC and K-1 and then would ask me that if I was as good, if not better than the other fighters, why I didn’t compete,” he said. “But I would always reply that I was busy running the gym and teaching the next generation. I was casually sparring and training my fighters who did very well in the Muay Thai and Grappling circuit and honestly I had no real desire to get back into the ring!”
But day after day, his students continued to chew at their teacher until Nielsen decided to take up their challenge and return to the ring.
“I opened my gym while still undefeated and most of my students never saw me fight or had the opportunity to train for competitions with me,” he said. “They wouldn’t know who the heck I was or if I was anything special. After all, I didn’t have any belts or titles, and in a strange way, I kind-of felt that it wasn’t fair to my students - and students do like to brag about their teacher - so they motivated me! Over the years I’ve felt the business was more important than my competing…until now.”
While Nielsen puts aside his age, he’s the first to admit that the more than ten years of experience he has in the sport is actually an advantage to him in the ring.
“There’s a real advantage to my age and the fact that I am also an instructor,”
Nielsen marked his return to the ring in 2009 in Costa Mesa, Calif. where he knocked-out his opponent in just over 30 seconds into the first round. His last fight was at the 2009 Arnold Sports Festival. Held in Columbus, Ohio the weekend of the Ultimate Fighting Championship fight, it gave him an opportunity to get back in the competitive ring in a K-1 style tournament, in front of thousands of on-lookers and with some tough competition.
“Ever since my return, promoters have been coming to me wanting me on their next fight card,” Nielsen said. “They’ve been excited to see me, and I’m excited to be fighting again!”
In fact, Nielsen has his next return to the ring planned for San Diego on July 25 at the 4th and B nightclub in downtown San Diego. He will be fighting for the IKF California Cruiserweight Kickboxing Title in an event held in conjunction with Comicon.
“I really can’t wait to return to the ring in San Diego where all my local fans can see me,” he said. “That night, I will walk away with the belt I should have had ten years ago!”
For more information about Dave Nielsen, tickets to the kick boxing event in San Diego or to sign up for personal training at his American Boxing, MMA and Fitness Center in Pacific Beach, please visit him on the web at www.americanboxing.net or call 858-581-2694.
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