Setting an example: Jarico O'Quinn interview

Chris Glover
08/07/2019 9:45pm

Detroit prospect Jarico O’Quinn tells Chris Glover he aims to set a positive example within his local community - as well as scale the heights of pro boxing...

Detroit’s Jarico O’Quinn is eyeing up world title clashes in the not so distant future as he has finally broken into the WBO world top 15 for the first time in recent weeks.

The now 24-year-old O’Quinn was a standout amateur fighter who represented the United States on a regular basis, winning countless amateur titles and he looks to continue his title-winning habits in the professional ranks.

The ‘Great Lakes King’ opened up about breaking into the world ratings after 13 professional fights (12-0-1, 8 KOs)..

He said, “Firstly thank you to my management team at Victory Sports and Entertainment, my training team and Salita Promotions who have all helped facilitate me getting to this point where I’m in touching distance of fighting for serious titles.

“I want to light up the super flyweight division and I know that I can beat all of these champions when my time comes. I know I have all the tools to show to become the best in my weight class and I’m confident I will do that in the not so distant future.”

O’Quinn was due to compete on the undercard of Claressa Shields' planned world super welterweight title tilt in Detroit, however, news has emerged in recent days that the bill has been canceled due to Shields being injured. O'Quinn gave his take about potentially fighting on big TV networks in the near future.

O’Quinn said, “I was disappointed about not being able to fight on Showtime but these things happen and I hope Claressa recovers from her injury quickly and I would love to fight on those type of shows in the future, especially if they are in my home state of Michigan.

"I believe I am a TV fighter period. I have a skill set that I believe is good enough to mix it with the world champions in the super flyweight division. That is where I am heading and I know that when the time is right I will be in some exciting fights on a massive platform."

O'Quinn also works closely with his local community and helps out in several community-based projects. The undefeated super flyweight opened up on why he spends time away from boxing working within his local community.

He said, “Outside of boxing, I mentor kids at my local elementary and middle school as I think it’s important to give back to the community. I put myself under pressure to work hard every day and set an example for the kids and show them that you can achieve whatever you want in life if you work hard.

"I have to be the best I can be in the ring and in the gym to continue to set a positive example to these kids in Detroit neighbourhoods where you have to fight to be successful. That is the reality of living in a city like Detroit. We are not given anything, we have to work for it and I am focused on showing these kids a positive example in life."