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James Earle played a little bit of everything growing up. While at Williamsport he played for the football, basketball and baseball teams. And while he may have enjoyed these sports, he always returned to boxing as the sport he loved most.

When he was a kid, his uncle from Philadelphia took Earle to the gym. It was there that the seeds of boxing were sown.

“We had anger (as kids), you go through things and emotions and boxing is a way to let that go without getting into trouble.” said Earle.

Fast forward to 2022 and Earle is living his dream of becoming a professional boxer, traveling the world and fighting. As a pro, he is currently 10-0 with nine KO wins and most recently beat Julio Gomez on May 7th. All this leads Earle to a title fight for the lightweight title. This title fight was originally scheduled to take place in late May before being pushed back to June 18 in Colombia. This scheduled fight last Friday has again been postponed to a date yet to be determined.

“It’s going to be one hell of a fight (when I fight for the title). I know I believe in my abilities and the work I’ve done, but you can’t take a day off.” said Earle. “There are no shortcuts in boxing. This isn’t basketball or baseball. You can’t play this sport, you have to work and stay committed.”

And Earle makes a living from it. He lives, breathes, eats and sleeps boxing. His daily routine is to drink some lemon water, go for a run, come back, eat, sleep, wake up, train for boxing, eat again, and then go back to the gym for strength and conditioning work . Rinse and repeat six times a week, and that’s Earle’s life.

“You have to do it)” Earle said of his regiment. “The boys are working.”

Earle began training more seriously for boxing when he turned 16, working out at night while playing other millionaire sports like soccer and baseball. Back then, there was an interest in reducing stress. After graduating in 2014, he went to Lock Haven University, where he joined the boxing team and became an amateur.

“I kept fighting. I knew I wanted to go pro. I loved school and came back and finished my senior year before moving to San Diego and I continued to train as an amateur and turned pro.” said Earle.

Boxing at Lock Haven was a great way for Earle to hone his skills and abilities, he admitted.

“It was great to be in school and at the same time to be able to pursue my dream, which is boxing. It was perfect. Then I traveled and flew everywhere.” said Earle. “It also helped a lot with the discipline because I couldn’t go partying and have fun. I had to lock myself in, lose weight and make sure I was working out, running and going to the sauna.”

Boxing has taken Earle to many places. Not only did he fight in Colombia, but he has also been to Belize and Mexico to fight.

Earle’s first fight was a decision victory over Edgar Ivan Garcia in San Diego in October 2019. He then had five straight wins by either KO or technical KO over Bryan Christopher Garcia, Yahir Patino, Jesus Isidro Gomez, Brian Mitchell and Jeison Ortega between November 2019 and June 2021.

He landed numerous great jabs in Earle’s first fight against Garcia and did well from a defensive standpoint – especially in the second round – as he gained experience in his debut. In the four-round fight, he won unanimously on points.

Against Gomez, Earle was aggressive in the first round, attacking Gomez’s body before knocking him down just 28 seconds into the fight.

Following that string of victories, Earle beat Jader Esquivia and Frankie Bides within seven days in June 2021 in Colombia. He KO’d Max Richard Willons in Belize in April of this year and then won by TKO against Gomez on May 7th.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Earle went almost 14 full months without a fight. After defeating Jesus Isidro Gomez on February 28, 2020, Earle did not fight again until he defeated Brian Mitchell on April 24, 2021 in TIjuana.

The fact that he also has nine knockouts gives Earle fuel to keep improving his technique and fight and get better.

“It just keeps me motivated, keeps me going and training hard”, said Earle. “What I’m doing is obviously working, but I still have room for improvement. I have great knockout power and I put on a good show for the people. I always want to be the People’s Champion. I’m never too big for people. I’m always among the people and I want to blend in.” said Earle.

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