From as early as he can recall, Michael Clark knew he was going to be a professional boxer. He began boxing at seven years old, wanting to learn how to defend himself. At 12, he was legally adopted by boxing coach Matthew Voltolini. Voltolini has been Clark’s trainer ever since, and was very instrumental in Clark’s boxing career. At 19, Clark turned professional, and it would be six years and 25 fights until he was defeated for the first time. Some of Michael Clark’s boxing accolades include being a two-time IBC Lightweight champion, the NABF Lightweight champion, and challenging for the WBO title. Overall, he has a professional record of 42 wins and 6 losses, and 18 knockouts. When you see Michael in one of the Title Boxing Clubs in Ohio, don’t hesitate to call him by his boxing stage name, “Cold-Blood”.
In 2006, Michael Clark appeared on the ESPN reality show, The Contender, Season 2. Everyone became aware of his innate leadership when he volunteered to be the captain of the Gold Team on the very first day. Being the captain meant that you were first to fight. Unfortunately, Clark’s reality show career was short-lived, as he lost a very close decision to Cornelius Bundrage in the season’s premiere episode. While this technique cut his Contender time short, Clark has always taken pride in stepping up to any challenge.
Nearing the end of his professional fighting career, Clark has found a new passion—teaching others the skills he has obtained over 30 years of boxing. At Title Boxing Clubs, Michael Clark teaches classes in the same manner he does everything in life, with tons of energy and enthusiasm. When asked what he enjoys most about teaching classes at Title, Clark responded, “I love everything about it. Boxing is all I have ever done, so being able to teach others techniques, as well as the discipline to get into the best shape of their lives is really rewarding.”