Ken Robles: Ready for the big stage

By Xavier Porter,

December 15, 2016

Brooklyn, N.Y. – On January 14, Staten Island’s own Ken Robles will make his professional debut at the Barclays Center on the undercard of the Badou Jack/James Degale championship unification match. The 2016 Daily News Golden Gloves winner is ready to embark on a journey of epic proportion.

“My goal is to become a world champion. The journey was long in the amateurs. I chased the gold and I won the Golden Gloves. Now I’m chasing belts. Now it’s time I begin my professional career.”

Robles trains out of the Berry Home Boxing Gym in Staten Island, a gym that was developed through the Atlas/NYPD Cops and Kids program. The Atlas/NYPD Cops and Kids program was created by the great Teddy Atlas with the goal to offer boxing instruction, tutoring, and mentorship to create champions in and out of the ring. He’s extremely appreciative for the support that he receives from Atlas as well as from his many friends and family.

“Teddy has always given me pointers. He’s always pointing out certain things, how to make adjustments when I’m in the ring. He has been an incredible help with the progression of my boxing skills and ability.”

“My support system is big to me. That’s what keeps me going. My best friends push me to finish my workouts. My family checks on me all the time. My family and friends are my motivational push to stay focused and committed to achieving my best. I look forward to having everyone at my fights to see the results of all the hard work and training that was done.”

The former Curtis High School football player has been boxing for close to ten years. His goal with transitioning to boxing was means to stay fit and in shape.  Robles soon fell in love with boxing and his progression has been a steady climb.

“I started boxing when I was fifteen years old. I was heavier at that time. I was playing football and weighed close to 220lbs. I decided to start boxing to lose weight. My motivation has always been there to box. My father was a Golden Glove Champion and he fought in the pros as well.”

“Boxing keeps me disciplined. Boxing keeps me on top of taking care of my responsibilities. You can’t cheat or play boxing.”

The twenty-five year old Robles is beginning his pro career with two important sports figures leading him: Floyd Mayweather and Elvis Grant Phillips, CEO/Founder of Grant Gloves. With being signed to Mayweather Promotions and also having Phillips as his manager, he has the right people in place to guide his career towards succession.

Robles shared his feelings on being signed with great tandem of Mayweather and Phillips and how he plans to prove to everyone that they’ve made the right decision to help jump start his career.

“It’s a blessing that I’ve signed with Mayweather Promotions and with Elvis. I have the best working with me. They’re both behind me to push my career me in the right direction. Nothing was handed to me. I’ve put in the work and I deserve this. I deserve everything that I work hard.”

“When I was in the finals in the Daily News Golden Gloves my trainer Lou Manfra introduced me to Elvis Grant Phillips (CEO/Founder of Grant Gloves). He’s good friends with Elvis. I met Elvis again the night of Frampton vs Santa Cruz fight and we discussed my goals for my career. He saw me fight in the NY vs Essex tournament. The guy I fought in the tournament, I fought him previously in England. He and his team wanted a rematch so when we fought again I knocked him down in the second round with an overhand right. Then in the third round I knocked him out with a counter left hook.”

“After that Elvis and I agreed to work together to begin my professional career going.”

Fighting in front of friends and family is nothing new to Robles. He expects to have many people in attendance cheering him, with a goal of fighting in Puerto Rico someday in his career. He will begin his career at 140lbs.

“It’s a blessing to be fighting at the Barclays Center. I feel strong at this weight. I can’t wait to fight in front of my friends and family from Staten Island and my co-workers. It’s an amazing feeling and I have a great opportunity to build my fan base in the city from where I’m from. I plan to promote this fight as much as possible. I’m also Puerto Rican and it would be a dream come true to fight in Puerto Rico someday. That is my ultimate goal.”

Robles may be a boxer, he may be signed to the biggest name in sports entertainment, but he insists that he’s a just a normal guy. The motivation as to why Robles fights comes from a special person in his life. Robles hopes to make all his friends and family proud with his boxing career.

“My biggest motivation for fighting is my son. That’s my little champ. I’m your average Staten Islander looking to make a name in boxing and to take care of my family. By doing what I love to do why not do it while boxing. All I ask is that people continue to follow and support me during my professional journey. I promise to make you all proud.”

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