"I like to think of myself as the Black Mickey Ward! I stood by my mothers
side through drug addiction and homelessness. And hell, my mom stood by my
side when I was being a trouble maker. I box full time, I'm a
community leader full-time and I'm a loving father full-time. November 2
it's going to be Hammertime!"
Amateur Boxer Kevin "HammerTime" Strothers talks to SylvanaBoxing about his
amateur career, life and his plans on turning pro soon.
SA: Kevin, thanks for talking to
SylvanaBoxing today. How are you?
KS: I'm doing super good! Always more to be grateful for than to complain
SA: How about we start off with introducing
you to our readers?
KS: Lets do it! Outside the ring, Kevin Strothers is all about my people!
When I say my people, I mean my community. I have dedicated a large portion
of my time, talent, and treasure to helping troubled youth. Things I do for
fun are spending time with my family, creating new things, business
planning, learning and educating, and whooping ass in NBA 2k, accepting all
SA: How and where did you grow up?
KS: I grew up with some obstacles, like we all have, in the heart of
Seattle. My mom went to the penitentiary when I was young. I battled with
homelessness and did some shelter hopping when she returned, but I always
excelled in school. No matter where I had to commute from, I made it work.
My mom had a huge impact in my life, through our ups and downs, she taught
me optimism. There is ALWAYS a bright side! My granny taught me love, and
hard work. She took me in, and owned property. The ironic thing is, I was
the only kid living in the projects, shopping at Nordstrom's. She taught me
to dream big and always be above your situation. I always had the choice to
live with her, but I'm LOYAL, so I stood by my mothers side through drug
addiction and homelessness. And hell, my mom stood by my side when I was
being a trouble maker. I think we're even.
SA: What got you involved in boxing in the first
KS: I got involved in boxing through a friend. I was getting into a lot of
fights at school, and he invited me to the gym. I LOVED IT, and still do!
The more I became indulged in the sport, the more I fell in love. Learning
the craftiness, skill, and what it takes to win challenged me mentally. I'm
always up for a challenge.
SA: What about your youth, have you ever been in
trouble or have been a troublemaker?
KS: Definitely, I was a traditional class clown growing up! Stayed getting
kicked out and hated authority! A lot of my partners were in the streets, I
rocked with them, but always had my limits. I knew my mind would get me out
of the hood. I stayed out of the courts until I was a young adult. Got some
felony trouble, and learned from my mistakes! My rubs didn't irritate me,
only polished my mirror. Now I help young cats that are at where I was, and
show them a better way.
SA: Where did you start out?
KS: I first laced up a pair of gloves at Hilman City Boxing Gym in Seattle,
WA. I feel boxing found me. My friend invited me, and the coach used to pick
me up and drop me off. I stuck with it because it was challenging, and I was
a natural. I did exceptionally well even with seasoned pros.
SA: What role does boxing play in your life?
Is it more like a game to you or a lifestyle?
KS: Boxing is my life! This sport has taught me a new way to live. For every
action, there is a reaction; and for every move there is a counter. I'm
proactive and always on my toes! I am aggressive, charming, and know when to
relax and wait for the perfect opportunity. This transpires to everything a
person does in life.
SA: Do you do boxing full time?
KS: I box full time, I'm a community leader full-time and I'm a loving
father full-time. I'm actually fighting the fight of my life right now to be
with my sons, pray for me y'all! I know God got it though! So to better
answer your question, yes. Full-time to me means 100% committed, and I AM!
SA: How does your family feel about you
KS: My beautiful fiancé is 100% behind me, the youth I mentor love it, my
homies got my back, and my grandma hates it! She thinks I'm too handsome.
(Until she seen how much we can make) (laughs)
SA: You have an amateur record of 3-4. Tell
us about your amateur career so far?
KS: I started off with blemishes and really didn't get the concept of this
sport. But through a new coach, and a dynamite team we have been turning
things around! I like to think of myself as the Black Mickey Ward!
SA: Do you have a fight coming up?
KS: In October. I AM MAKING MY PROFESSIONAL DEBUT IN NOVEMBER!
SA: So now is the right time to turn pro?
KS: Yes, November 2 it's going to be #Hammertime! I have developed a right
hand that is a force to be reckoned with, my team is AMAZING, and my defense
is constantly improving. I know it's time, most of all, because my
confidence and faith have grown. All signs say green light GO!
SA: How would you describe your boxing style?
KS: My coach would like to describe me as a counter-puncher, but I am so
hungry sometimes that goes out the window and it is time to KILL! "The best
defense is a good offense!". My coach has compared me to Julian "The Hawk"
Jackson and I'm flattered to have been compared to Ward before, although I
know I still have work to do.
SA: Why should the boxing fans keep an eye on
you and what makes you special?
KS: I'm filthy! I have great hand speed, I am crafty, fun to watch, and I
have charisma. I like to entertain as much as I like to fight!
SA: What do you have planned next and through
KS: A lot of traveling, and a lot of growth. I want to fight EVERYWHERE!
From UK to LA! I plan on going as far as God will allow me to go! This year
will be LIMITLESS!
SA: Who are your current and all time
KS: Current favorite fighters: Andre Ward (I personally think he is the best
in the game), Floyd Mayweather, Gennady Golovkin, and my big bro Walter
"2guns" Wright. All time favorites would be Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray
Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, and Pernell Whitaker!
SA: Is there anyone you look up to or who inspires you?
KS: My brody Walt. Since I've been on the squad, it's been nothing but love.
He is a man of few words, but the one word I took from him the most is
CONFIDENCE! It's all about the confidence, and I believe in myself. My
lovely fiance Errin and my little boys, Kevin, Honor, and Pharaoh are my
inspiration. All the kids I have influenced in the hood are my inspiration.
SA: Anything else you would like to tell your
supporters and our readers?
KS: Keep your eyes open for @Hammertime_kev!! Shoutout to my day 1's, Reg,
Tay, Swagg, Dre Baby, and Zack! All the people that have been Loyal to me
through thick and thin, I love y'all fa real!