DANIEL HAYES BIO
Daniel Hayes is a middleweight boxing champion turned influencer and motivational speaker. Yet his journey is far from that simple. He’s been knocked down, counted out and counted himself out so many times. Daniel’s story is one of reinvention. One of courage, perseverance and determination in the face of boxing opponents, self-doubt, depression and life’s inevitable curveballs.
He will be the first to tell you that reinvention is not a one-time thing. Reinvention is constant. It’s a transformation of mind, body and soul. It’s an incredibly empowering feeling we have to lean into every single day of our lives to win the fight. Daniel helps others tap into that feeling and build the strength within to live an inspired life.
Growing up in Trinidad & Tobago, Daniel played just about every sport a kid can sign up for. Basketball was his first love, but by 16 he was being recruited to play multiple sports in college. He had several D1 and D2 offers on the table and ultimately decided to attend Thompson Rivers University to play basketball alongside his childhood friend.
After college, Daniel found a new passion in MMA and boxing. Many told him his shot to become a professional athlete had already come and gone but the fighter in him refused to accept that. Over the course of the next few years, Daniel fought and won a number of amateur and professional boxing matches fighting out of the world famous Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles.
Everything was going great... until his last bout of 2016. His first documentary with friend and director KB Kutz captures his preparation and mentality leading up to fight night. Daniel punched his way to victory against a hometown hero in another country. The win was epic!
Unfortunately he shattered his dominant hand in the process. Daniel had surgery and two pins inserted into his left hand. He couldn't train and lost his sense of self. Thus began a downward spiral of depression and self-doubt that almost cost him his life if not for several monumental moments along the way that changed his life forever.
Daniel has since gone viral for his motivational messages and positive influence on social media. Most recently he has become known as a well-liked and trusted source of good news and fun facts on TikTok.