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Interview with Doctor Mike: How Amanda Serrano prepared him for the Creator Clash brawl

Doctor Mike is both a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and an internet superstar – one who will face off against his influencer iDubbbz at the upcoming Creator Clash charity boxing event.

We had a chance to sit down with Doctor Mike to talk about his upcoming debut match, his martial arts history and his time training with boxing greats like Amanda Serrano and Ryan Garcia.

Those who agree Doctor Mike’s YouTube channel For the first time, you might only recognize him for his reactions to humorous medical memes and thoughts on current health trends… but medicine isn’t the only major player in this influencer’s life.

Ahead of his fight against iDubbbz for Creator Clash’s Main Event, Doctor Mike revealed his history in martial arts and his desire to compete internationally, which was initially thwarted by his medical career.

idubbbz vs Doctor Mike
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The Creator Clash battle map pitted YouTubers iDubbbz against Doctor Mike for his title fight.

“I’ve always wanted to cover some aspect of professional or semi-professional sport,” he admitted. “Growing up, I did taekwondo, a martial art for about eight to nine years. I meant it very seriously. I would go to tournaments. I wanted to follow the Olympic direction of the sport.”

“But because I chose this 7-year accelerated medical program, the amount of credits I needed to stay in this program was just too overwhelming to compete in athletics. I see this now as my chance before my mid/late 30s to do something professional in the sport I fell in love with.”

Doctor Mike feels he is truly “blessed” to make his boxing debut in front of “tens of thousands of fans” and hopes to use this latest opportunity as a launch pad for other possible boxing matches in the future.

Doctor Mike hopes to fight in more influencer boxing matches

In fact, Doctor Mike says he can “definitely” get involved in more influencer boxing events, whether he wins or loses in the ring against iDubbbz this May.

“Most of the time I go by what my trainer tells me – I’ve been with my trainer Thomas Baldwin for 10-11 years now, ever since I set foot in a boxing gym. He always said, ‘Mike, you have something special, you could really do this.’ At the time, when I was in residency, I didn’t even think that this could be possible,” he explained.

“But as YouTube boxing became a legitimate place to showcase your talents, I was like, ‘Well, you know what? Let’s prevail and make this a reality.’ If this fight with Ian goes well, it’s not necessarily about winning or losing, it’s more about my quality in the ring, my ability to keep my cool in the ring. If that looks good I will definitely go ahead and look for other fights.”

Doctor Mike wants to box Tyson Fury

When it comes to influencer boxes, the possibilities are endless. (Right now, Jake Paul is throwing around the possibility of touching gloves with the likes of Mike Tyson and Anderson Silva — both pro fighters who are open to the possibility of taking on an internet celebrity.)

The time has come for creators to take a stand in the ring and evoke their favorite athletes. Doctor Mike’s all-out dream boxing match would see him square off against British boxing star Tyson Fury…but probably not in a sanctioned professional fight.

“I probably wouldn’t have a pro fight with that person, but I would love to fight Tyson Fury,” he revealed. “He is a legend! I’m a big fan of his. I actually flew to his last fight against Wilder. It was just pure spectacle, an amazing fight. He’s really talented for his size. He talks about mental health, which I’m a big proponent of. Everything about this guy is just…I want to be in the ring with him. Even if he’s just abusing me, that’s a story I need to tell my grandkids.”

Seek advice from Amanda Serrano

Doctor Mike has experience with some of the biggest names in boxing. Just last month, he trained with unified featherweight champion Amanda Serrano. He’s even trained with undefeated Ryan Garcia, who suffered a broken right hand at the time of their YouTube video together last year (although that didn’t stop Garcia from presenting his infamous “Body Shot Challenge” to Doctor Mike).

Having the expertise of these boxing greats on hand is a huge asset for Doctor Mike ahead of his fight with iDubbbz. He says both Serrano and their coach provided him with tips for his debut fight, which ultimately helped “open” his mind in preparation for his very first match.

“They gave me a lot of good advice – mostly about the mental component of boxing,” he revealed. “As someone new to training, like I am to the sport now, I didn’t realize how tiring it is. How difficult it is to smash your way through and get into those zones where you’re not actually fighting anyone, but you have to simulate it as if you are. That’s probably the hardest part of the sport for me.”

“I’ve spoken to Serrano quite a bit – we just saw each other at one of the fights at Madison Square Garden a few weeks ago. And I’ll be ringside for her upcoming fight with Katy, so that’s going to be really exciting. But her trainer kept telling me what I needed to improve in terms of movement. All of this from people with tremendous experience has really allowed me to open my mind and think better about what I’m doing in the ring. As a beginner, it’s easy to lose your mind and just freak out thinking you’re in a street fight. They kind of helped me focus and keep my cool.”

Influencer boxes – not for the big bucks

For Doctor Mike, influencer boxing isn’t an opportunity to showcase his talent and make a quick buck. Creator Clash finally gives him the opportunity to compete on a big stage in martial arts – and it also gives him the opportunity to give back in a big way.

Creator Clash is primarily a charity event orchestrated with the ultimate intention of raising “as much money as possible” for charities such as the American Heart Association and other organizations chosen by the participating content creators.

“Before I even teamed up with iDubbbz, I wanted to do something for charity in my boxing match,” said Doctor Mike of the charity aspect of the event. “My goal was to always return my wallet to a specific charity that I worked with. When iDubbbz said this was going to be a charity event, I was even more excited.”

“A lot of people that go into influencer boxing are really looking for a big payday. They talk about being big businessmen. That is not important for me. Of course, you want to be rewarded appropriately for your work and contribution. Being able to give back with this whole boxing thing makes the process so much more beneficial for me. Even if I work with sponsors, I’ll tell them, ‘If my viewers don’t get any benefit from it… if it doesn’t benefit them, I won’t do it.’ So that fits with everything else we do on the channel.”

Creator Clash influencer beatdown poster
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22 YouTubers will compete in iDubbbz’s big charity boxing event this summer.

Some of YouTube’s biggest boxers have managed to rack up staggering payouts (as seen in the reported $65 million generated from Jake Paul’s 2021 fight with Ben Askren). But Doctor Mike isn’t for the money. He looks forward to demonstrating his skills and helping others do the same – something that makes him “very excited about the future”.

Creator Clash is scheduled for Saturday, May 14th at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Fla. – but fans can purchase tickets to watch digitally through the official Creator Clash website.

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