Rock Blackwell: A leader amongst men

(PR NewsChannel) / January 10, 2014 / TAMPA, Fla.  

901412_10153548833215105_1343141248_oThe athletes who inspire us most are those who face more than the typical challenges of training and competition. These iconic athletes are the ones who summon the courage and determination to overcome other barriers as well. In doing so, they have inspired others to find their own hidden strengths.

It takes an incredible amount of dedication and hard work to be a boxer. Rock Blackwell has overcome huge adversity and is on the path to a world championship as well as the fame and fortune that comes along with it.

Born in Baltimore, Md. to Sandra Blackwell. Rock’s first adversity came before he even came into the world.

During Sandra’s 27th week of pregnancy, the 21-year-old mother faced a crisis stemming from a condition she was diagnosed with at the tender age of 14. Scleroderma is a condition that affects a large area of the skin and internal organs, frequently claiming the kidneys, esophagus, heart and lungs, leaving the host with a myriad of complications and no treatments to battle against the condition.

Doctors told the 21-year-old mother that she would lose her child and that giving birth would be impossible.

Sandra went to a 13-week revival at the True Holiness Church to receive prayer and healing. Not long after the prayer Sandra’s water broke and after more than 22 hours of labor, a miracle had taken place and on November 22 Rock Blackwell entered into the world.

Abandoned by his father, the boxer was raised solely by his mother and forced to face the typical struggles that the streets of Baltimore offer. The miracle child picked up the love for the sweet science of boxing at the tender age of 7and soon became more than your normal athlete.

The now 27-year-old boxer-puncher has been described by some as being as gifted — offensively and defensively — as any fighter to come into the pro game in years. As an amateur, he went a reported 156-28 winning the South Atlantic Championship by defeating 8-time Golden Gloves and 4-time national champion, Spencer Harshley. 

Now signed with PBP Promotion’s and Cashish, the Baltimore blue chip is well on his way to capturing a world title in the light heavy-weight division.

More than a boxer, this man has commonly been described as having the true heart of a champion and a symbol for success and determination. Many pro athletes start scholarships or give money to local charities, and Blackwell does so as well. However, for Blackwell, it’s more for liberating others, than self-recognition.

“A lot of athletes lend their names to charitable causes, and that’s great,” said Blackwell. “But seldom does an athlete pour his soul into communities, go into the trenches and get personal with the people in the same fashion that I do.”

The blue chip boxer’s influence is felt all through the city of Baltimore and demonstrates how the power of one can touch the hearts of millions.

Blackwell is scheduled to re-enter the ring on Feb 8, 2014 against a yet-to-be-named opponent.

Check out the “Rock Blackwell” training video: http://vimeo.com/75179115

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