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Elite Fighting and Fitness – Founded by Per Wickstrom

Forging a Foundation for Recovery

I hit rock bottom at the age of 38. I could no longer play sports, I could no longer enjoy football games, I could no longer hang out with my friends. Nothing mattered but getting high and drinking. Luckily I found an addiction treatment center that saved my life.

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I decided to open up a boxing center and partner with my good friend and former WBO Cruiserweight World Champion, Tyrone Booze, and I dedicated my life to helping those people in need. That is why I built Best Drug Rehabilitation, a leading addiction treatment center.

With Tyrone Booze and Sugar Ray Tony Rozario, we are creating a youth boxing academy here in Battle Creek, Michigan. As a young man I was a professional boxer; I was very good, but there were better. Like the old story goes, there’s always somebody better around the corner. My experience with boxing taught me how sports can help children and young adults; they learn the value of hard work, they learn the value of being a disciplined individual, and they learn to respect one another.

As children, we dream about changing the world and doing amazing creative things. But somewhere along the way, a thing called reality kicks in and tells us we shouldn’t dream big; but that instead, we should dream realistically, we should work from 9 to 5, and we should just be a part of this big machine we call society. Many people, in fact, because of those reasons turn to alcohol and drugs.

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Life is a lot like boxing, you’re gonna get hit. What matters is if you have it in you to get back up when you’ve been knocked down.
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I took it as my mission to help all the addicted people in this world recover from any drug and alcohol problem. That is why it’s so important not only to instill good values to our youth, but also to provide them with organized outlets to express their creativity, exercise, and most of all, to compete against one another in a safe environment.

Life is a lot like boxing, you’re gonna get hit. What matters is if you have it in you to get back up when you’ve been knocked down.

1 Comment

  • Diane C

    What a great goal to have and setting up centers where people can go and get the help they need is really amazing. I can totally see how the boxing facility gives kids some place to go and learn a skill they can use to do better in life. It keeps them away from all the temptations there are out there in society that comes up in life to get them to start drinking or try using drugs, etc. This is a far better thing for them to be doing.

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