James Earle played a little bit of everything growing up. When he was at Williamsport, he played for the football, basketball and baseball teams. And while he may have enjoyed those sports, he always came back to boxing as the sport he loved the most.
It was when he was a kid that his uncle from Philadelphia would take Earle to the gym. That’s where the seed for boxing was first planted.
“We had anger (as kids), you go through things and emotions and boxing is one way to release that without getting in trouble,” Earle said.
Fast forward to 2022, and Earle is living his dream as a professional boxer, going all over the world and fighting. He’s currently 10-0 as a professional with nine knockout victories, and most recently beat Julio Gomez on May 7. It’s all lead Earle to a title fight for the lightweight title. Basically, that title fight was scheduled to be in late May before being postponed to June 18 in Colombia. That scheduled fight this past Friday was again postponed to a time and date to be determined.
“It’s going to be a hell of a fight (when I fight for the title). I know I believe in my skills and the work I put in, but you can’t take any days off,” Earle said. “There’s no shortcuts in boxing. This is not basketball or baseball. You can’t play this sport, you have to work and stay dedicated.”
And Earle lives by that. He lives, breathes, eats and sleeps boxing. His daily routine is drinking some water with lemon, go on a run, come back, eat, sleep, wake up, train for boxing, eat again, then go back to the gym to train for strength and conditioning. Rinse and repeat six times a week, and that’s Earle’s life.
“You have to (do it),” Earle said of his regiment. “Those guys are working.”
Earle began training more seriously for boxing once he turned 16 years old by training at night while doing other sports for the Millionaires such as football and baseball. At the time, it was an interest to relieve stress. It was once he graduated in 2014 that he went to Lock Haven University and joined the boxing team there and turned amateur.
“I kept fighting there. I knew I wanted to turn professional. I loved the school and came back and finished my last year before moving to San Diego and I kept training amateur and turned professional,” Earle said.
Boxing at Lock Haven was a great way for Earle to hone his skills and abilities, he admitted.
“It was great just to be able to be in school and still pursue my dreams at the same time, which was boxing. It was perfect. Then I traveled and flew all over the place,” Earle said. “It helped a lot with discipline as well because I couldn’t go party and have fun. I had to lock in, lose weight and make sure I was at practice, running and hitting the sauna.”
Boxing has taken Earle to many places. In addition to fighting in Colombia, he’s been to Belize and Mexico to fight.
Earle’s first fight was a decision victory over Edgar Ivan Garcia in San Diego in October, 2019. After that, he had five consecutive wins by either knock out or technical knock out against Bryan Christopher Garcia, Yahir Patino, Jesus Isidro Gomez, Brian Mitchell and Jeison Ortega between November, 2019 and June, 2021.
In Earle’s first fight against Garcia, he landed numerous great jabs and did well from a defensive perspective — especially in the second round — as he gained experience in his debut. In the four-round fight, he won by unanimous decision.
Against Gomez, Earle came out aggressive in the first round, attacking Gomez’s body before knocking him down just 28 seconds into the fight.
After that string of victories, Earle beat Jader Esquivia and Frankie Bides in Colombia in June, 2021 within a seven-day span of one another. He beat Max Richard Willons via KO in Belize in April of this year and then earned his win by TKO against Gomez on May 7.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Earle went almost 14 full months without a fight. After beating Jesus Isidro Gomez on Feb. 28, 2020, Earle didn’t fight again until beating Brian Mitchell in TIjuana on April 24, 2021.
The fact he has nine knockout wins as well is something that adds fuel to Earle to continue to improve his technique and fighting and be better.
“It just keeps me motivated, keeps me going and training hard,” Earle said. “What I’m doing is obviously working, but I have more room for improvement. I have great knockout power and put a good show on for the people. I always want to be the people’s champion. I’m never too big for the people. I’m always with the people and want to blend in,” Earle said.