Sailor shaped by service, boxing applies mindset of fighter to life
When asked who he is, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Dobbs uses two words: Sailor and fighter.
Dobbs wears two hats year-round. He is a U.S. Navy Sailor of nine years and a professional boxer. But Dobbs doesn't separate the two; he believes they are intertwined and he wouldn't be one without the other. Service and boxing make him the man he is.
While growing up in Indianapolis, a young Dobbs was immersed into a boxing culture. He always jokes about how big of a Mike Tyson fan his mom was. He would come home to fight parties where his friends and family would get the fight on pay-per-view and watch the fights.
Then, one day, an encounter he wasn't prepared for turned Dobbs from fan to boxer.
His parents owned a local convenience store, and Dobbs was working the counter the day it was robbed.
"As soon as I turned my back, they just hopped straight over the counter and started clearing out the register," Dobbs said. "I had the knife on my neck before I knew it."