As a youth Vogel took up boxing, becoming German Junior-Master.[clarification needed]Cruiserweight for the Sauerland club and was undefeated in seven bouts. After 66 amateur fights he turned professional at the age of 22, fighting as a
Vogel embraced Islam in 2001 and started Islamic studies in Germany. For two years he studied Arabic and the Quran at the private school Om Al-Qura  in Mecca and started 2006 teaching Islam in mosques, Universities and even amongst Christian congregations.