NP grad White mak­ing name for him­self on pro box­ing cir­cuit

NP grad White mak­ing name for him­self on pro box­ing cir­cuit, now 3-0

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Jor­dan White watched with great in­ter­est as Clarence Vin­son boxed his way to a the ban­tamweight bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Syd­ney. Watch­ing Vin­son, his cousin, White pic­tured a future for him­self in the ring.

“I re­mem­ber when he turned to me and said, ‘I can do it bet­ter than he can,’” said White’s fa­ther John, re­fer­ring to his son of Vin­son, “so I said, ‘You know what, you are ag­gres­sive and have heart, so let’s see what you can do. Box­ing should be good for you.”

At age 6, the younger White fi­nally be­gan his box­ing ed­u­ca­tion in earnest when his fa­ther took him for a spar­ring ses­sion at Round One box­ing gym, for­merly owned by trainer Adrian Davis.

Hav­ing no base of knowl­edge at the time, the ses­sion was far from a walk in the park. White took his lumps, but had be­gun the road to long road that would even­tu­ally see him be­come a star in the mak­ing.

Now 13 years down the road, White — a 19-year old North Point High School grad­u­ate from Wal­dorf — has been on the pro­fes­sional box­ing scene for a year. He has com­piled a 3-0 record to this point, with all three wins com­ing by way of knock­out.

“My first love was foot­ball and I al­ways liked phys­i­cal con­tact and wanted to make some­body feel it,” said the younger White. “My dad’s say­ing was, ‘Make them feel you son.’ Af­ter foot­ball we started go­ing to dif­fer­ent gyms and once we got fa­mil­iar with the area and box­ing we came

to­gether and cre­ated Team Short­dog and our own train­ing regime. And ever since we’ve kept this thing go­ing.”

White was suc­cess­ful in his pre­vi­ous fight Aug. 19, knock­ing out Ser­gio Aguilar of Home­stead, Fla., at the Crys­tal City Hil­ton in Ar­ling­ton, Va. The ris­ing ban­tamweight prod­uct, also re­ferred to as “Short­dog,” is sched­uled to fight on Nov. 5 at Rose­croft Race­way in Fort Wash­ing­ton. His op­po­nent has not been de­ter­mined.

White signed his pro con­tract in 2015 with man­ager Al Hay­mon of Hay­mon Sports, a ma­jor pro­moter in the pro box­ing cir­cuit based out of Las Ve­gas that used to man­age box­ing great Floyd May­weather Jr.

Be­fore en­ter­ing the pro level, White was a highly-dec­o­rated am­a­teur un­der the di­rec­tion of his fa­ther John, also his trainer and co-man­ager. He fin­ished with an am­a­teur record of 14515, which in­cluded nine na­tional cham­pi­onships.

He also com­peted for gold at the 2013 World Games at the Victory Day tour­na­ment in Uman, Ukraine, as part of the United States five-man team, which fea­tured 15- to 16-yearold box­ers.

“The goal was to com­pete for the [2016] Olympic Games, but when Al Hay­mon came with the con­tract of­fer Jor­dan opted to turn pro,” John White said. “He wanted to make money and could not pass up the win­dow of op­por­tu­nity.”

White and his fa­ther cur­rently use their home garage as the train­ing fa­cil­ity, which is based at their res­i­dence in Wal­dorf, called “Pound for Pound.”

Team Jor­dan White is sponsored by Rhino Tow­ing LLC and Demarco So­lar Cloth­ing.

“Train­ing in the garage was the start to be­ing in­de­pen­dent and it took away a lot of dis­trac­tions,” John White said. “The fo­cus was just con­cen­trat­ing on one fighter rather than be­ing in a group plan. I’m al­ways cri­tiquing Jor­dan and that is my job as his coach and he’s ac­cepted that.”

On the tran­si­tion of be­ing a pro boxer, Jor­dan White said, “I love be­ing on the pro­fes­sional way bet­ter than be­ing an am­a­teur and I’m able to dis­play my tal­ents more. “This level keeps you on your toes and you have to be ready for the ins and outs. This is a long term project and my par­ents have re­ally been in my cor­ner through the process.”

Be­fore Tues­day’s in­ter­view with the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent, White and his fa­ther went through an in­tense train­ing regime that in­cluded heavy bag and speed bag work­outs. White is a very ver­sa­tile boxer with power who can fight ei­ther as a south­paw or right-handed.

White’s work­out also in­cludes run­ning at least three to five miles a day, do­ing pool work­outs, sit-ups, crunches and strength train­ing and other agility drills. He also fo­cuses on the proper nu­tri­tion to stay hy­drated and en­er­gized to op­er­ate ef­fi­ciently in the ring.

“Stay­ing dis­ci­plined is im­por­tant in box­ing and you have to take care of the body,” said White, who was born in Lan­dover in Prince George’s County and has resided in Wal­dorf for more than decade. “I wake up 5 a.m. in the morn­ing to start my train­ing and it pays off when you see the doors open­ing. I’m a pro now and it is a job. Af­ter my first fight I re­al­ized that you have to be com­mit­ted.”

The older White said his son trained at other gyms in the metropoli­tan area such as Old School Box­ing, Hill­crest Box­ing Gym, the Head­bangers Box­ing Gym and Round One over the years lead­ing up to the pro ranks.

“I would like to say thanks. All of these gyms opened the doors for my son,” John White said. “This was the as­set to his out­break and de­vel­op­ment in box­ing. No. 1 is the heart and de­ter­mi­na­tion fac­tor and then it is hav­ing an edge in con­di­tion­ing.”

PHOTO BY DANIEL CORK

North Point High School grad­u­ate Jor­dan White, 19, of Wal­dorf, earned a first-round knock­out in his pro ban­tamweight bout Aug. 19 at the Crys­tal City Hil­ton in Ar­ling­ton, Va. ver­sus Ser­gio Aguilar of Home­stead, Fla., to im­prove to 3-0 in his ca­reer. White is sched­uled to fight again on Nov. 5 at Rose­croft Race­way in Fort Wash­ing­ton.

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