Monday, 28 July 2014 01:03

Benjamin Whitaker: “Da Blaxican” focused on destroying racial boundaries in boxing

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The antiquated sport of boxing has a serious, ongoing problem with its image.
Although the Sweet Science is a recognized global money maker, most mainstream media outlets and reputable businesses in America are currently making a conscious effort to keep the fight game at arm’s length.

Why?

By its very nature, boxing indirectly promotes racial, cultural, and national divisiveness. Because there are no teams for supporters to endorse, the die-hard fans of boxing will often instinctively gravitate towards fighters of similar race, culture, or nationality.

Undefeated Welterweight prospect Benjamin “Da Blaxican” Whitaker (7-0, 2 KOs) hopes to shatter the racial and cultural barriers deeply engrossed within the sport.

“Society has progressed in so many ways over the past several decades,” observes the talented, San Antonio, Texas based fighter. “It’s about time that boxing progresses with it.”

The athletically-gifted prospect hopes to bring attention to his cause when he faces undefeated former Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauskas (6-0, 5 KOs) on Saturday, August 9th, at the Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California. The fan friendly pugilist will be featured in a six round special attraction on the undercard of Top Rank’s bout sheet, which will be broadcast on UniMas’ “Solo Boxeo Tecate”.

Benjamin not only hopes to hand the highly touted Top Rank prospect his first professional loss, but also aspires to gain many news fans with his performance in the ring.

“I don’t want any fan of the sport to judge me and support me because of my ethnicity,” claims Benjamin Whitaker. “I want people to support my career because I’m an entertaining fighter who always puts on a show for the real bosses of boxing…the fight fans.”


The 30 year old technician wishes to see the sport that has been very good to him flourish once again at the mainstream level. The once troubled youth claims that boxing gave him a second chance to be a success in life when other facets of society weren’t as willing.

Whitaker attributes his personal growth to the lessons he learned while training in the gym and competing in the squared circle.

“Boxing really helped me mature as a person, and has given me an outlet to finally succeed in life,” admits the insightful prizefighter. “I regretfully made some really bad decisions when I was a young man, and it’s been very difficult to overcome some of the labels and restrictions that people want to place on you after making a life altering mistake.”

“I’ve grown so much since being accepted by the boxing community, and I really want to help out wherever I can to enlighten those who still believe that boxing is anything less than positive. I’ve been so fortunate to surround myself with good, honest, and hard working people since becoming a prizefighter. It’s been such a constructive influence on my life, and unfortunately the sport isn’t being portrayed that way.”

The astute fighter points to some of the sport’s biggest stars, and claims that they have a responsibility to represent boxing in a more positive manner.

“The more widely recognizable names shouldn’t be trash talking and portraying the sport negatively in public. It’s a cancerous mind set. Boxing is not about intimidation, divisiveness, and violence. The sweet science is about respect, honor, sportsmanship, and athleticism.”

“The biggest names in boxing should be talking about how many great things the gyms and coaches do to help young men and women improve their lives everyday. That’s the truth."

"But instead, fighters and promoters will often fall into the trap thinking that it‘s a better way to sell tickets by creating controversy. It‘s a big mistake.”


“Boxing isn’t being represented in a positive way, and as a result, the fighters, as well as the entire sport, ultimately suffer. Nothing will change unless we identify the problem and take steps towards creating a solution. If you can’t help, don’t hinder…and right now, everyone in the sport is guilty of hindering its progress.”

Benjamin explains that the ongoing image problem and rampant negative perception is the primary reason behind his decision to adopt “Da Blaxican” moniker while competing in the ring.

“I see all kinds of negativity from fight fans every single day when I visit the boxing forums online. Emotionally driven and ignorant racial comments unfortunately fill the boxing chat rooms. I’m fortunate to live in a great city like San Antonio, Texas, which is culturally diverse. That’s ultimately who I am and how I compete in the ring.”

“I don’t subscribe to any one style, and I can adapt to pretty much anything in the ring. Some people say that I’m a chameleon when I fight. Well that’s how I am in life as well. I’m proud of who I am and my heritage, but I don’t attach myself to any one specific ethnic group.”

“I’d like to think I represent everyone. That’s who I fight for…every real fan of boxing. The people who genuinely love the sport don’t care about the color of your skin, and just want to see drama filled, entertaining match-ups.”

“I represent everyone who truly loves the fight game…that’s why I’m ’Da Blaxican’."
 

 

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