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Old 01-02-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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Default Ola Afolabi's story...inspirational

From his facebook:

DONT THINK I'VE EVER TOLD MY STORY> HERE GOES

I ran away from home at the age of 16. Between the ages of 16 to 20 i mixed with the wrong friends/kids on the street. got in trouble with the law a lot.
My mom passed when i was 20 years old. knowing an african mother, i knew there was no way she was not disappointed by the way i was living. It hurts more than you can imaging to know that my mother, a woman i loved so much was disappointed in me when she died.
that same year (2000) i decided to flee to america. Yes FLEE. i arrived in los angeles with not a penny to my name, all i had was a brother that allowed me to stay in his apartment for 3 months.
After moving out of my brothers, i moved into a student hostel where i got a job as a desk clerk. i didn't get paid, i just traded this services for free rent, the rent was only $75 a week as there was three bunk beds and 6 people in a room that i shared with traveling student from europe and around the world. Soon after that, i got a job as a D.j in a local strip-club, a strip-club that didn't have a license or permit to operate as a club. I was working 2 says a week at the strip club for $100 a night. i did this for about 3 months until the law shut the place down.
i was back working in the hostel with no income, at times the only reason i had food to eat was because the foreign students in my room would hand me charity.
A few weeks later i walked into a boxing gym in los angeles, while training there one day, i noticed the mirrors and windows were dirty, i made the owner who is now a close friend an offer to clean the mirrors every night because the fighters would sweat on it a lot. he gave me $50 a week to do this, and thats how i survived for the better part of a year.
i decided to enter a field i had no training in or any idea what i was doing, i just watched the men and women who did it best do it, i copied everything they did and worked as hard as i could.
12 years later, im 32 years old and its new years eve. I have a career. pleased to say that i am one of the best in the world at what i do. I have a beautiful place i call home. I have most people's yearly income in my checking account, and im going to celebrate NYE with a $12,000 watch on my arm. how far i have come.


Big up Ola!
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:47 PM   #2
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Impressive.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:58 PM   #3
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Really good story, all the best to him.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:11 PM   #4
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Wow! Great to hear he is doing well financially. Looks like he is getting good money in his fights. I hope he wins a belt this year.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:20 AM   #5
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From his facebook:

DONT THINK I'VE EVER TOLD MY STORY> HERE GOES

I ran away from home at the age of 16. Between the ages of 16 to 20 i mixed with the wrong friends/kids on the street. got in trouble with the law a lot.
My mom passed when i was 20 years old. knowing an african mother, i knew there was no way she was not disappointed by the way i was living. It hurts more than you can imaging to know that my mother, a woman i loved so much was disappointed in me when she died.
that same year (2000) i decided to flee to america. Yes FLEE. i arrived in los angeles with not a penny to my name, all i had was a brother that allowed me to stay in his apartment for 3 months.
After moving out of my brothers, i moved into a student hostel where i got a job as a desk clerk. i didn't get paid, i just traded this services for free rent, the rent was only $75 a week as there was three bunk beds and 6 people in a room that i shared with traveling student from europe and around the world. Soon after that, i got a job as a D.j in a local strip-club, a strip-club that didn't have a license or permit to operate as a club. I was working 2 says a week at the strip club for $100 a night. i did this for about 3 months until the law shut the place down.
i was back working in the hostel with no income, at times the only reason i had food to eat was because the foreign students in my room would hand me charity.
A few weeks later i walked into a boxing gym in los angeles, while training there one day, i noticed the mirrors and windows were dirty, i made the owner who is now a close friend an offer to clean the mirrors every night because the fighters would sweat on it a lot. he gave me $50 a week to do this, and thats how i survived for the better part of a year.
i decided to enter a field i had no training in or any idea what i was doing, i just watched the men and women who did it best do it, i copied everything they did and worked as hard as i could.
12 years later, im 32 years old and its new years eve. I have a career. pleased to say that i am one of the best in the world at what i do. I have a beautiful place i call home. I have most people's yearly income in my checking account, and im going to celebrate NYE with a $12,000 watch on my arm. how far i have come.


Big up Ola!
Great story!
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:31 AM   #6
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I don't think it's super unusual story in boxing, some guys have had it much worse like Ouma or Tapia. Regardless this guy is a credit to the sport, glad he's finally in a good spot.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:59 AM   #7
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I bet his mum smiles as she watches down on him today. I dare say wlad compensates him well for his sparing duties.

Even more of reason to support ola
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:17 AM   #8
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Boxing always throws up great stories because it attracts people from all walks of life.

Ola is a great fighter, had one of the fights of the year last year with Marco Huck, be good to see them tangle for a third time this year.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:22 AM   #9
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It is indeed a great story but how about having a fight Ola?
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:26 AM   #10
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It is indeed a great story but how about having a fight Ola?
The Huck fight was so grueling even Huck had to take 6 months off
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:33 AM   #11
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very inspirational story, shows how much you can achieve with hard work
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:24 AM   #12
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brilliant story
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:36 AM   #13
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Love ola as a fighter he really needs to be on the good side of a dedication soon he deserves it
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:42 AM   #14
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:07 AM   #15
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Nice story. Don't like the part with him bragging about his bank account and his 12000 dollar watch.
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