Durr (3-0, 3 KOs) is fighting for change in
his community. To show troubled youngsters a
better way, and that getting help for mental
health issues is not a sign of weakness.
And on March
6, at the Hammond Civic Center, just outside
Chicago, he will be fighting for the Universal
Boxing Organization™ (UBO) All-America
Light Heavyweight title, and to bring awareness
to his causes.
up in Englewood, known as the “murder capital of
Chicago”, raised by a single mother alongside
Durr (32) experienced a
lot of bad things in the streets.
He saw ten of
his friends get killed before he was sixteen,
2014 his younger
brother lost his life to gun violence, right in front
As a result,
he suffered from depression and post-traumatic
stress disorder. He got help, and boxing helped
him, and now he wants to help others.
understand there is a better alternative to
violence and crime, and that there is help out
there for those who are struggling mentally.
grew up idolizing people I could touch. The
and the dope-dealers”, says Durr.
couldn't touch Michael Jordan, but the guy
making 5000 Dollars a day selling dope, he would
talk to me.
I want to show these kids something else, be
someone positive to look up to”.
things to help his community, Durr has started“Guns Down,
a boxing program he
hopes will inspire something constructive and
encouraging, and help
He is also
to open a PTSD clinic in Englewood.
nine years of age I saw a man get shot with a
shotgun. Someone tried to kill me on prom-night,
but hit another guy.
There are just too many incidents to count, and
we have to make a change!”
Durr only started
boxing at 23, but had natural talent and went on
to win three Golden Gloves tournaments and represent
the USA in the Olympic Qualifiers, before
UBO title on March 6 will hopefully give him
an even bigger platform to get his message