Middleweight boxer “Young General” Ian Green is a dedicated,
hard worker in and outside the ring.
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If life is a series of challenges, Ian Green is the man made to meet them. With his father in prison for all of his childhood, Ian grew up with his mother and sister in the rough, low-rent and in-your-face city of Paterson, New Jersey. By the time he finished high school most of his friends had run afoul of the law at least once and many were in jail. A lot of the folks around Ian expected him to meet the same fate — “like father, like son,” is what most thought. Ian had other plans.

Passion leads to focus, focus leads to performance, performance leads to success!
Ian Green is passionate about boxing and his fans know it.

On frequent visits to see his father, a young Ian was taught from the start that prison was no place for any sort of life. He credits his father with giving him a clear sense of right and wrong and for pushing him to find a purpose and work towards it. The elder Green made clear in no uncertain terms that every decision on his path to a prison cell had been his choice, his responsibility and his mistake. He made sure his son knew how to choose better.

Ian’s uncle also helped steer him in the right direction. As a trainer at a Paterson boxing gym, he started bringing Ian along after school just to keep him out of trouble. Trouble seemed to find Ian. He was always in the way, running wild, curious and impulsive. His presence in the gym started to become a nuisance and when he was ten his uncle was given a choice – start Ian on boxing lessons or to leave him at home.

Both Ian and his father were committed to his new boxing career.
It was this great start that was the foundation of his success.

The choice was obvious.  For the next four years, Ian’s life meant school with a rough-and-tumble bunch of friends, home with his sister and mother and hours each day at the gym with his uncle and a crowd of older boxers and trainers to watch, to learn from and to be inspired by.

When Ian was fourteen he moved in with his just-released father and his mother and sister moved to Georgia. This transition was a crucial time in Ian’s development. Though it could have been destructive for the father and son, both remained committed to keeping Ian on the right path and making the right choices. Instead of imploding, Ian flourished, continuing his boxing training while also running track and playing basketball and football at Paterson Catholic High School.

A year passed, and Ian went into the 2012 Golden Gloves tournament with an amateur record of 14-6. He scored the first stoppage in his career with a second round victory during the semifinals, putting him once again in the final round and once again squaring off against John Magda. This was his third time facing this opponent after two losses, including the one at the previous year’s Golden Gloves. Despite his stronger mental state and his increasing endurance, Ian lost his form over the course of the fight and eventually lost the match.

Like most of us Ian faced a crossroads on how to continue his life.
The boxing world can see the results of his choices.

The one-two punch of a major loss and a family disruption struck again. This time, it was Ian’s father who was deported. Suddenly, alone with a high school degree and two defeats in the Golden Gloves finals, Ian had a decision to make – move in with his mother in Georgia and leave boxing and focus solely on academics or find a way to stay in Paterson and stay committed to the sport. Ian chose the latter. He moved in with another relative, enrolled in Passaic Community College, landed a fast food job to make ends meet and trained hard with Flemmings every evening. If idle hands are the devil’s playthings, Ian was well on his way to sainthood. All of his waking hours were spent dedicated to getting where he wanted to go in life and that perseverance paid off.

Despite all of the obstacles in his way, including the sheer exhaustion that overwhelms so many who accomplish so much less, the 2013 Golden Gloves found Ian once again in the finals and again facing his respected nemesis John Magda. Ian was in his best mental and physical shape and he was determined to not let history repeat itself a third time. He knew this was a make it or break it bout, a fight that could determine his future in boxing and in life.

Green has already face more obstacles than most boxers face in a lifetime.
He is coming out on top and wont settle for anything less.

He started strong, but so did Magda, and both boxers knew this match would be going to the limit. The pressure started to get to Ian, and when his form started slipping in the second round, Flemmings told him he had a choice—“stick with fast food or keep his head on straight and box smart.” The ringside pep-talk worked and Green emerged the 2013 Golden Gloves champion.

This long-sought win against Magda for the Golden Gloves title was an important step in Green’s career and an important symbolic victory. As a matured boxer, Ian was able to blend his natural talent and childhood training with the true smarts and skills earned through countless hours of intense training, Green had finally proven his championship status to the world, to his family and to himself.

Nevertheless, the challenges continue. In 2014, Green faced his father’s cancer diagnosis and a new challenger for the Golden Glove championship. Both father and son came out winners. With his pro career just starting, Green already faced more obstacles than most boxers face in their lifetime and he has come out on top.  Ian won’t settle for anything less.

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