When you ask Arthif Daniel his job he smiles, replying: ‘’It depends what time of the day you ask me. In the daytime I’m a dentist, while by night I’m a boxer.’’
He’s always been very sporty and the initial and lasting influence came from his father and grandfather, who were huge Muhammad Ali fans. His grandfather met The Greatest who came to London in the 1960’s.
Arthif ‘’Dr Hitman’’ Daniel aged thirty five, who’s a six feet one tall super welterweight has built a decent record of 16-3 with four KO’s. But academics were also very important, with him training in dentistry at King’s College in London. But simultaneously; ‘’I was training with professionals and amateurs and holding my own. After I graduated as was my own man and wanted to pursue this a bit further.”
Balancing his work as a dental surgeon in Manchester and and London, Arthif is currently training up North in Tijuana, but popped down south to the World Boxing Council’s 57th annual Convention in Cancun.
He’s previously lectured at the WBC, about boxers keeping their smiles, and not discarding dislodged teeth, or even kicking away ones which are knocked out, because with the proper preserving method and a quick trip to the dentist, they can be saved and put back in, as good as new.
Naturally Arthif has deleloped his own specially designed mouthguard which he has adapted for other boxers, explaining: ‘’There’s a lot of science involved with how the jaw and teeth meet and the respiration.’’ And adhering to daytime standards of good dentistry, he’d never ever hit an opponent who’s mouthguard he’d already knocked out!
Arthif was lucky enough to participate in Floyd Mayweather’s training camps against Canelo, Maidana and Berto. He’s a friend of Deontay Wilder and is his dentist.
Arthif loves boxing because: ‘’There’s the physicality aspect. You test yourself in boxing, which is one of the most difficult sports. Spending three minutes in the ring, you know what you’ve done… when you’ve come out.
‘’There’s also the huge mental cerebral aspect which most people don’t appreciate. You can have two strong solid fighters. But at the end of the day the intelligent one will win, because he’s going to find the opponent’s flaws and go in there tactically. That’s an aspect I hugely enjoy. I see boxing as a physical chess match.”