North Philly Junior Middleweight Fred Jenkins Jr. has led a complex boxing life that few will ever match. As a kid born into the sport, the son of PA Hall of Fame trainer Fred Jenkins Sr. grew up traveling the country to compete as an amateur and gained full access inside the camps of legitimate championship level boxers.
While he always had good connections – nothing has ever been handed to the young man who trains out of the ABC Recreation Center at 26th & Master streets. His five year professional career has had its share of good wins, surprise losses and other ups and downs.
Now at 29-years-old, Fred Jr (9-3, 3 ko’s) realizes that a lot of work remains to be completed if he is to one day become a world champion. He is currently back in training mode after a layoff, focused on building a new winning streak.
We recently caught up with “Elite Herk” who took the time to talk about his life growing up in the boxing business, the benefits and burdens of being the son of a great trainer, carrying on the legacy, lessons learned in the ring and much more.
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Philly Keith: Fred, thanks for coming on. You have been killing it on the road lately. You had the most running miles on my Nike+ road work list in June. This month (July) you’re 70 miles in and blowing everyone else out. Tell the world why so much running these days?
Fred Jenkins Jr.: I learned from trial and error. In this boxing life you have to learn from your own mistakes. Even though I ran a lot before, I wasn’t on my own. Now I run on my own, I get out there, I guess I just fell in love with it. I know if I put the road work in I can come out victorious in the fights. Not to say I haven’t put the road work in but now I’m doing it for me. I’ve been doing it for others before.
Now, this is what I want to do – get up out there and run. No matter where you’re at, no matter what the weather is – all it takes is 30 minutes , 45 minutes out of your day.
You have to out work yourself in order to outwork the work. Also, it’s not just about running it’s about doing whatever needs to be done to get you mentally and physically prepared for war. Make all the necessary sacrifice.
And that’s it. That is the path I’ve been on lately.