“NEF 24: PROMISED LAND” takes place the night before Father’s Day 2016 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine. In anticipation of NEF 24, all week we will be profiling “Fighting Fathers,” or, “dads that could beat up your dad.” Find out what drives these working dads as they battle to build a better life for their children. In this installment, we speak with Amos “The Titanium Warrior” Collins. Amos takes to the cage tonight to battle Jesse “The Viking” Erickson in the main event of “NEF 24: PROMISED LAND.”
How many children do you have and what are their ages?
I have two girls, ages 11 and 5.
Why do you fight?
I fight because they fight everyday because they suffer from Cystic Fibrosis. So the extra income helps our family.
What does being a good father mean to you?
Being a good father means being there for them in every way. Doctor’s appointments, treatments, homework, sporting events, and most of all—dinner in the evenings for family time!
What do your children think about their Dad fighting?
They sometimes think it’s cool, but they are always concerned because I’m old and beat up a lot. They don’t like me to sleep all the time. My 11-year old has seen one fight and it was too emotional for her.
If your children decide at some point that they would like to train and compete in combat sports, will you approve and what are your feelings on it?
I would approve of them training combat sports to keep them lean and mean and able to protect themselves. However, I would be very weary of the other circumstances that come with this sport.
If you intend on allowing your children to compete in combat sports, how do you plan on introducing them to training and developing a competitive mindset?
I have already started teaching them Taekwondo and some jiu-jitsu. We also like to wrestle around the house and have fun.
What type of legacy do you hope to leave as a father and how does that dovetail with your combat sports aspirations?
I think the legacy I am leaving behind represents the legacy of ‘The Titanium Warrior,’ the legacy to show hard work ethic and persistency is needed in life to conquer their everyday fight with CF. My oldest is a high level gold gymnast. She sees my work ethic and training efforts so she works just as hard or harder in gymnastics.
As you prepare to compete on June 18th, the day before Father’s Day 2016, what is your message to your children and your dreams for their future?
Just to remember that Daddy loves them more than life and if anything would ever happen to me, I would be looking down on them to carry on strong as Titanium Warrior Princesses!