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Derrick Durr Fighting For Change, And UBO Title                     

 
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January 11, 2021 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER

 
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Derrick 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 April 10, 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.

Growing up in Englewood, known as the “murder capital of Chicago”, raised by a single mother alongside eleven siblings, Durr (32) experienced a lot of bad things in the streets.

He saw ten of his friends get killed before he was sixteen, and in 2014 his younger brother lost his life to gun violence, right in front of Derrick´s eyes.

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.


 
 

Help them understand there is a better alternative to violence and crime, and that there is help out there for those who are struggling mentally.

I grew up idolizing people I could touch. The murderers and the dope-dealers”, says Durr.

I couldn't touch Michael Jordan, but the guy making 5000 Dollars a day selling dope, he would talk to me.

So I want to show these kids something else, be someone positive to look up to”.

Besides doing different things to help his community, Durr has started “Guns Down, Gloves Up”, a boxing program he hopes will inspire something constructive and encouraging, and help reduce gun violence.

He is also planning to open a PTSD clinic in Englewood.

At 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 turning pro.

Winning the UBO title on April 10 will hopefully give him an even bigger platform to get his message across.

 

 

 

 
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