By Kaitlyn Clark
Jessie “The Roc” Wilcox first became interested in boxing when he was 9 years old. Now, 16 years and 170 amateur fights later, Wilcox is a 25 year old, undefeated professional boxer climbing his way up the ranks in hopes of becoming a World Champion.
Crediting his older brother Steven as the one who piqued his interest in the sport, he says he fell in love at first punch, but it wasn’t all glamour from the get go. After a rocky beginning in the sport in his early days as an amateur, Jessie perfected his technique and power in order to amass an 8-0-1 professional record. His latest fight took place on August 19, 2017 where he fought his way to a unanimous decision win after 6 hard fought rounds – proving that the perseverance and winning attitude he maintains during training effectively translates into the ring.
Jessie embodies every aspect that makes a true fighter: positive attitude, determination,mental fortitude, and unwavering discipline. That is why we here at STING Sports Canada are proud to announce Jessie “The Roc” Wilcox as our newest brand ambassador. We look forward to supporting Jessie on his journey as he continues his rapid ascent up the professional ranks on his way to becoming a World Champion.
Name: Jessie “The Roc” Wilcox
Weight:147 – 154lbs
Date of birth and age: October 21, 1991 (25 years old)
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Manager: Mark Erwin
Promoter: Three Lions Promotions
What does a typical training day for you consist of? A regular day of training for me is very early mornings 3 days out of the week. I get up before work and do a light simple session, do my 8 hours at work, and afterwards, if I have time I go for a light run from 4:30pm until 5:30pm. Afterwards, I take an hour to eat and relax and then head to the gym for my boxing training. If I am scheduled to work with my coach RG (Ryan Grant) in Toronto, I skip the run so that I can drive from Hamilton to Toronto.
Do you stick to a certain type of diet while training for a fight? Yes. I like to stick to a diet usually consisting of high fats and low carbs, with veggies and light fruits, almonds and nuts. I also make sure that I take my USANA vitamins and protein shakes in the morning.
What is your go-to cheat meal? Pizza!! I am obsessed with pizza and any kind of pizza.
What is your ultimate goal in boxing?My ultimate goal is to make boxing my livelihood. I want to wake up every morning, grab my protein shake and breakfast, go to the gym, come home to my family, rest, and head back to the gym 2-3 times a day during training camp. That’s how champions become champions - when you don’t have to worry about going to work because you’re making the money in boxing. Professional boxing is a slow process and if it means that right now I have to work and train (and sleep less than most), than that is what I will do in order to win that championship Belt.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 10 years from now, I’m hoping to have made enough good choices in my boxing career that I can look back at what I’ve done and have zero regrets.
Who is your role model? I have a few role models. My main two are my parents. They are very different than most parents. Growing up with 6 kids in the house you would think that would be enough, but my mother babysat an additional 4 or 5 kids, plus all the “adopted kids” a coach gets from running a boxing gym, so we had 10-15 kids in my house every day. They never complained. In fact, half of the time my parents would be the ones who invited most of those kids over to the house.
My boxing idols are the Cuban heavyweight, Teofilo Stevenson, and Tommy Hearns . I have always been impressed by the way they used their range and power - it is similar to the style that I box.
Do you have any hobbies/special interests outside of boxing? I used to be more involved with things outside of boxing, but as the years have passed, I’ve come to fully dedicate my time to boxing. Years ago, I loved volunteering at Camp Trillium – a cancer support centre for children. Through that experience, I learned that I am very good with children and enjoy working with them – it makes sense, because sometime I am just a big kid myself.
When I was in college, I was a Provincial and National ranked runner. I believe this helped my boxing, as road work is an important aspect of my training in order to remain in top cardio shape for fights.
Lastly, I enjoy drawing and it is a skill I still practice when I have the time and the patience.
Remember to keep checking back at STING Sports Canada to remain up-to-date on Jessie Wilcox’s progress, as well as upcoming fight schedules and results.
Welcome to the STING Sports Canada Team Jessie!
About the Author
Kaitlyn Clark is a 24 year old, amateur boxer, federal government employee with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, avid juggler, and professional wrestling geek. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and a Minor in French Linguistics from Carleton University; but her real passion is analyzing and writing about Olympic style boxing. You can check her and her cats out on Instagram and Twitter.
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