Marcel Rivers: This is only the beginning
By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com
May 28, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y. (North Philadelphia) – “Boxing is not something new to me. From where I come from, you always had to fight.” – Marcel Rivers
Most historians and legends of the sport of boxing would agree that boxing is a young man’s sport. With their knowledge and undeniable wisdom, most would say that a fighter who chooses to start their professional career at a later age in life will not find much success. For Marcel Rivers (1-0, 1 KO), at twenty-nine years of age, he is focused and determined to prove the naysayers wrong.
“Boxing is not something new to me. I’ve always loved boxing. I wanted to box since I was eleven years old. From watching the fights between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield I fell in love with it.”
“People may doubt me because of my age, but from where I come from (North Philadelphia), you always had to fight. A fight is a fight. It’s man against man.”
“In boxing, you have to train and live the right way outside of the ring. If you don’t, then you’ll get exposed. I like that part of physical confrontation. It doesn’t take any guts to shoot someone, but to fight someone hand to hand, that’s what makes you a man.”
Rivers is a fighter who understands the nature of hard work and discipline. A hard-working professional by day, he’s also a fulltime father that instills the same morals, values, and principles that have been instilled in him by his mother.
“My mother pretty much raised me and with that I’ve had to learn a lot on my own. I appreciate everything that my mother has done for me because I know that it was hard. Being raised by a single mother I had to learn a lot on my own.”
“I’ve never asked for handouts and I’ve never begged anyone for anything. I work hard and train hard every day because I want to be a world champion. I wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t trying to be the best.”
“I am a hard-working man. I fight to be able to provide a better life for my son and family. I fight because of him. He watches everything that I do. I provide structure in his life. I take him to work, to school, etc. I show him what a man is supposed to do by taking care of my responsibilities daily.”
Rivers, who trains daily at the ABC Gym in Philadelphia, under the tutelage of his head trainer (Fred Jenkins Sr.) and his advisor/strength and conditioning coach (Julius Goldsmith – uncle), is excied to once again showcase his skills in front of his hometown fans. Under the tutelage of both men, Rivers is excited to once again showcase his skills in front of his hometown fans.
Live, on June 2 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Rivers will be entering the ring, facing an opponent that many would ask the question: Why are you fighting him?
“A fight is a fight. Whoever signs the contract I will be ready to face them on fight night. I’ve been fighting for about three years. I have a mean side to me. I fought in the amateurs. I also fought in the Philadelphia Golden Gloves. Fighting in the amateurs gave me the experience that I need.”
“I believe my opponent is a southpaw. I will be prepared for whatever my opponent brings in the ring. People asked why I decided to fight a southpaw for my second professional fight. I say to them why not. I don’t have the luxury that other fighters have. I don’t get to handpick my opponents.”
“I’m a genuine man. I want to see everyone win. I’m not all about myself. There’s a lot of negativity that takes place in our city. On June 2, at the 2300 Arena, I want everyone to come out and enjoy this great fight card. I hope everyone enjoys their time and supports more of the positive, the positivity that takes place in the ring.”
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