Boxer James “The Beast” Wilson is striving to make history as a heavyweight boxer.
“We’ve never had a heavyweight champion from Los Angeles,” Wilson said. “For me to be first, to stick it out, and to be someone who’s from LA, who knows the city, who grew up here, who understands the culture and bringing that heavyweight is something I’m looking forward to. TO DO.”
While preparing, he trained his three sons, Elijah, James Jr., and Amaziah in several sports, including boxing, mixed martial arts, Muay Thai, and soccer. Wilson developed different training styles for each of his sons.
“One is more boxing oriented, the other is more into MMA where the other is more into kickboxing,” Wilson said. “As a father and a coach, I know their characteristics. I can tell by their mannerisms and the response I get from them which direction they want to go.
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In addition to training in boxing, Muay Thai and kickboxing, his three sons compete in wrestling and baseball. Wilson mentioned how training them with all the sports they’re involved in is a “balancing act.” He wants to prepare them for success later in life.
“I try to do it as much as I can. I’m pretty much the teacher for all things,” he said. “If I do anything less, I’ll be doing them a disservice. “
Wilson has posted countless videos on his Instagram account of him coaching Elijah, James Jr. and Amaziah and guiding them through various exercises. Her goal is to get them to be comfortable with discomfort.
“I’m not going to set up anything less than them being the best they can be,” Wilson said. “I want to make sure that if you’re in a situation, you won’t be uncomfortable, you won’t be scared.”
In 2010 Wilson fought professionally in MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing. In recent years, he has focused on boxing with the goal of becoming the world heavyweight champion. His fighting career allowed him to travel the world; this experience was a far cry from the life he had growing up.
Wilson, originally from Los Angeles, endured life in a single parent family and experienced homelessness. He also passed stents in the foster care system and in the juvenile ward. Since becoming a professional fighter, he has given back to young people in foster care by speaking with LA County Probation and the Department of Children and Family Services. He also started martial arts and fitness programs at group homes in LA County.
“I would take the boys and just teach them all the knowledge I know, give them the discipline they need,” Wilson said. “It’s about structure, it’s about respect and it’s about discipline and those are all things that once they get through their program they will need in real life.”