Very few young athletes choose the difficult sport of boxing to pursue as a profession for the obvious reasons. The sacrifice, discipline, and punishment a prizefighter is forced to endure in and out of the squared circle are enough to make the most ardent of athletes reconsider their chosen path.
For 18 year old Kennedy High School Senior, Javier Rodriguez, prizefighting was a natural and welcomed occupation.
“I’ve been boxing since I was about 9 or 10 years old,” admits the talented young Alamo City fighter. “Turning pro at 17 was a logical decision for me and my family. Because I’ve always fought with a professional style, I knew I would ultimately be more successful as a pro rather than maintain my amateur status.”
While Javi-Rod has exceeded expectation inside the ring through four professional bouts, the astute young fighter has excelled within the classroom as well; boasting an impressive 3.5 GPA throughout his tenure at Kennedy High.
Rodriguez attributes his scholastic success to the lessons learned early on in the gym.
“The discipline and work ethic I’ve gained in the gym have definitely transcended into the classroom.
It’s been difficult to manage the two successfully, but it’s been well worth it. I wake up every morning and get to school around 7:30 AM. I run about four or five miles every day before the bell rings, and then go to class at 8:45 AM.”
“The strict training regimen has kept me focused on my goals in the ring and in school. I was recently accepted to attend UTSA next fall. I plan to get my Pre-Med Bachelors Degree and go to medical school shortly after.”
Rodriguez admits that all of his accomplishments would be much more difficult without the support of his friends and family.
“The people whom I’ve surrounded myself with have supported me in my scholastic career as well as my fight career. My family and friends keep me grounded and help me stay on the right path. I feel very blessed that I’m not faced with the same social pressures as most High School students. Everyone encourages me to always do the right thing for both of my long term goals, rather than the alternative.”
This Friday night at La Villita Assembly Hall, Javier Rodriguez will attempt to achieve his fourth career victory as a professional fighter as he faces Mario Delgado from Brownsville, Texas. The talented young pugilist claims that his massive support system will be the difference in the fight.
“I have confidence in myself every time I step in the ring, but the great support I receive from all of my friends and family before, during, and after each fight is what motivates me to strive for excellence. I owe everyone who has been there for me a great deal and I hope I can repay them this Friday night with a big, big victory.”