Mohammed Faisal, AKA Fes Batista, is a 25 year old eccentric public figure, anti bullying activist and undefeated super welterweight professional boxer signed and managed by boxing superstar Roy Jones Jr.
Fes currently lives and trains in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
In the summer of 2011, he was invited to Las Vegas by the Mayweather camp for trial training sessions. Fes returned to Las Vegas in 2012 and was trained by the legendary Mayweather family. He is currently trained by Masters of Martial Arts Hall of Famer and two time kickboxing world champion Dewey Cooper. Under the tutelage of Cooper, Batista has developed into a well balanced out boxer puncher.
Fes was completing his studies of Coaching and Sports Development at University in 2011 but with growing racism and abuse from the small town he was studying in things became very difficult. After months of abuse and even bullying Fes was driven to the brink of suicide until the lyrics of a Lady Gaga song Marry The Night saved his life literally. After being inspired by pop superstar Lady Gaga, Fes went on to pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer.
His vibrant personality, bazaar sense of style and incredible life story has helped to boost his profile globally and has got him appearances on CNN and many international newspapers. See the media section for more.
Fes turned professional with boxing superstar Roy Jones Jr. Fes made his highly anticipated professional debut on March 28th 2015 at the Pensacola Bay Center in Florida. It was the dream debut Batista had hoped for as Roy Jones Jr topped the bill. Fes performed very well winning his fight in great style. He showed the 10,000 crowd the punching power that had made him famous by landing a huge left hook sending his opponent flying across the ring, all 20 feet or so. After a standing ovation in the same arena Michael Jackson performed Fes has said he will always have a soft spot for Pensacola.
Fes also enjoys helping and guiding the youngsters in the UK and delivers speeches to help inspire more people to chase their dreams. He uses himself as an example so others can follow their dreams just as he is doing. In his spare time he also likes to help coach children in a bid to keep them off the streets and trouble free.
Fes is a member of the WBC (World Boxing Council). The president of the organisation wrote a letter welcoming Fes into the organisation and making him a member for life. Being a former victim of racism and bullying, Fes knows how it feels to be on the receiving end and is keep to help make a difference.
He is also a keen supporter of the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), which helped him to overcome bullying in his youth.
His aim is simple’ to spread his message of believing in yourselves and not giving up no matter what. Chase your dream to the end!
Fes is always encouraging people to do this and is always open to helping others.