By Sylvana Ambrosanio

04/12/13

"Your life is nothing but a story book, who's your author?" -DonYil Livingston- "I've been blessed with a lot of success in the amateurs winning several tournaments. I'm currently a professional waiting for my opportunity to continue my success into the professional ranks," stated Livingston.

 

SA: Donyil, how have you been?

DL: I'm doing well, thank you for asking. Just staying in the gym and waiting for my promoter to put me back in the ring.

SA: When will we see you back in action?

DL: To be honest with you, I don't know when I'll be back in the ring. The sport of boxing has seemed to get away from itself and become more of a ‘business’. I've been in the gym busting my butt for at least the past 5 months waiting for my promoter "Boxing360" to put me back into the ring. 

SA: Well, let’s talk about your boxing career to date...

You had a highly decorated amateur career, winning titles such as the National Silver Gloves Championship and Ringside World Champion. 

DL: Yes, I was blessed to have accomplished several things in the amateurs and I'm grateful and humbled by all my accomplishments. The amateurs were definitely a stepping stone for my career. I just need to get with the right team to allow me the opportunity to do so.

SA: What would you say is your proudest moment from your amateur career?

DL: I've had so many proud moments it'll be hard to just single out one. However, I can combine them all and say I am and was blessed to be given such a talent and to use it to the success that I've had and will continue to have.

SA: What lessons did you learn from the amateur game that you have brought with you into the pro’s?

DL: Honestly, it's two completely different worlds. It's like going from High School to College and if you continue to learn and stay humble and let The Lord guide you, you'll be successful.

SA: There was quite a long gap before you turned pro. Were there any specific reasons for this?

DL: Well after losing a controversial decision in the 2004 Western Trials, I was confused as to what the judges were looking for in boxing. I began to lose my love for the amateurs. I knew I wanted to turn professional but was still caught in the middle between staying in school and fighting amateurs, as my support team felt that I should give the 08 games a go. All my peers and friends that I had come up with were already gone from the amateurs and it wasn’t the same as when I went to the nationals, so I stepped away from the sport until I knew I was going to fully commit to the professionals. 

SA: How has training at Wildcard Gym with Freddie Roach helped you?

DL: The entire Wildcard family has always been amazing to me. Working with the likes of Eric Brown and receiving more great knowledge from Freddie and everyone there is awesome.  

SA: So how did you get involved with boxing?

DL: I became involved in boxing to lose weight to play football. I really didn't know much about the sport before then. However, after falling in love with the sport, I watched everyone and pretty much pieced together the things that I believed would work great for me and added it to my arsenal. I've been boxing going on 18 years. I've been blessed with a lot of success in the amateurs by winning several tournaments. I'm currently a professional waiting for my opportunity to continue my success into the professional ranks.

SA: How has boxing changed your life?

DL: Boxing have changed my life tremendously. I've had the opportunity to travel the world, meet several amazing people, personalities and explore myself. Boxing has truly increased my faith in The Lord because it has truly been a "I don't know what's going to happen next" situation the last two years in my boxing career. 

SA: What motivates you to succeed in the sport?

DL: I've made so many sacrifices. I have so much support and love from my fans, family and love ones that success can be my only option. I'm a child of God and it's not my success that benefits from the talent he's given me, it's his success and he is and will always be successful.

SA: What do you feel are your best assets?

DL: My best asset is that I stay humble. I have the desire to always want to learn more, to always hear how I can become more successful. In the sport/business of boxing you have to ALWAYS be willing to learn and adapt to learning.

SA: What would you say makes you different and special in comparison to the other fighters out there?

DL: Honestly, I can't really say what makes me different from the other fighters. All I can do is pray that The Lord makes me the BEST DonYil that I can be for him and that he continues to keep me humble and faithful coming to as well as going through the mist of the storm.

SA: You have never fought outside of the US in the pro game. Is this something that you would like to do and where would you choose to fight?

DL: Absolutely! I would love to get out and allow other countries and fighters see the beautiful talent that I have been blessed with. There's not one place in particular that I would name but just to have the opportunity to once again do so is just amazing.

SA: What does a day look like for you in the run up to a fight?

DL: Well just give it my all every time. I know that I have been blessed with the talent and I don't want to disrespect the sport, the fans, myself and most important The Lord. He could have blessed anyone with the talent and he blessed me and the way I show I'm grateful is to do my part.

SA: We’ve learnt about your time inside the ring, how about you tell us who DonYil is outside of the ring?

DL: I'm very family oriented. I really don't do much besides spend time with my kids and just enjoy the life that I've been given. I enjoy writing poetry and just being around loving and caring people.

SA: What are your aims for 2013, and where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

DL: My desire is to just get back in the ring and to get my career rolling. Unfortunately, that's out of my hands. All I can do is stay ready and hope that my promoter "Boxing360" gets me back in the ring. Five years from now I see The Lord blessing me with the opportunity to have become a World Champion and to begin enjoying the fruits of my labor.

SA: Do you have a message to all your fans and supporters?

DL: DonYil and the rest of Team Livingston would like to thank you all for your continued support and love and know that we are ready to fight and have been for the past 5 months. We just have to wait on our promoter...