[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n Saturday, Oct. 11, Chicago Cagefighting Championships will be bringing American Predator Fighting Championship (APFC) 17 to the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. The card includes several UFC veterans, a former WBC (boxing) champion and several Latino fighters, one of them being the undefeated Danny “The Machine” Morales, who will be fighting at 155 pounds against Steve Kozola.
The seeds of Morales getting into the cage were planted when he was being bullied as a child. At the age of 12, his parents tried to introduce Morales to boxing to get him away from gang life, but the closest gym was in Humboldt Park, which was too far away from their place in Glendale Heights. For the next five years, Danny ended up in and out of correctional facilities. However, what inspired Morales to get into professional fighting was a National Geographic article about a Brazilian fighter he read while inside of the juvenile detention center. After he was released, he was asked to compete on a fight card, where he won his first fight.
As to what to expect from him, Morales tells us, “I love fighting stand up because that’s what the fans want. They want to see people striking and that’s what I love to do. I don’t do it to excite the fans, so any creative way I can strike I will try to do it. But I have been working on nothing but my wrestling skills at Izzy Style Wrestling in Addison. As for my opponent, I’ll have an answer for anything that he is willing to throw at me.”
Danny also sees what he does in a philosophical light. “Martial arts could be considered just like life. It’s a learning experience. As you get your butt kicked in the gym, it makes you stronger. The same principles can be applied to life. You’re going to fall in life, but you learn through those mistakes and it makes you stronger.”
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