West Philly trainer uses boxing to help kids fight through life: ‘I didn’t plan this’

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philly boxing trainer, who’s worked for decades to transform fighters, inside and out of the ring, is getting ready to call it a career.

For the last 48 years Fred “Hurt” Jenkins has trained more than 2,000 boxers at the Athletic Recreation Center, in West Philadelphia.

“Charlie “Choo Choo” Brown, former light weight champ, “Rockin” Rodney Moore, fought for the world title three times, three Golden Gloves champs,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins says he took the job at the gym at a time when his part of West Philadelphia was in turmoil, and he wanted to make a difference for the better.

“I took it upon myself to step in and intervene with the staff, and the neighborhood to make sure it’s a safe place,” he explained.

Jenkins says he teaches life through boxing.

“I’m trying to change they perspective of doing anything negative, and have them do things that are positive for they self, they family and they community,” he said.

Jenkins says he never dreamed of having such a long prosperous career in the gym.

“I got to give the credit to God, because I didn’t plan this,” he said.

Jenkins is retiring as the “Rec leader,” later this year, but he’s not done working in the ring.

I’m still going to volunteer my time here, a couple days a week to make sure everything is in order.

He says everyone from young kids to the elderly can drop by the gym, and train with him.

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