Robert RJ Sockwell is a professional boxer with a record of 5-2-1 with 4 knockouts. He trains out of North East Pennsylvania. He took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for the readers of BOXING 4 FREE.
1. RJ, how did you get started in boxing?
“I started boxing at the age of 8 years old because of my cousin, one-time heavyweight contender, Monte ‘Two Gunz’ Barrett.”
2. How many fights did you have in the amateurs and what do you feel was your biggest achievement?
“I had 74 amateur fights with a record of 65-9, 50 knockouts and had some very quick stoppages. 8, 9 & 12 second knockouts with those coming in the first round. I feel my biggest accomplishment would have been going to the PAL Nationals, though I was robbed by a local fighter (lost the decision). I did win some Golden Gloves titles along the way.”
3. Is your fighting style inspired by any other boxers?
“My fighting style was definitely inspired by the 90’s fighting styles of Monte Barrett, Zab Judah, Floyd Mayweather, ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley, and Andrew ‘Six Heads’ Lewis. Make a lot of the fact that I favored these fighters’ fighting styles of the 90’s when these guys were at their absolute best. Not their fighting styles of today.”
4. If I’m not mistaken, you used to train out of Arizona. Why did you make the move to North East Pennsylvania?
“I moved to Arizona to clear up any confusion, for a change in scenery and found boxing yet again. Turned pro out there and was unsuccessful in my pro debut; a close highly contested decision against a local fighter. I moved back after improving my record, following up with 2 back-to-back knockout victories.”
5. What do you consider your biggest asset in the ring?
“I would say my biggest asset in the ring would be my overall level of comfort while I’m in there. . I’m able to make the necessary adjustments needed to secure the win. My speed and power for my weight class comes as a surprise to many of my opponents .”
6. What is a typical training session like for RJ Sockwell?
“A typical training session is actually broken up into two training sessions daily and on selected days, three sessions. Minimum of an hour of cardio such as running and any other conditioning drills I’m assigned. Followed up with strength workout. That would be considered to be one session in itself. A second workout would be the boxing workout I do daily, six, sometimes seven days a week depending if I’m scheduled for a fight. That’s a two hour minimum workout. 20-30 minutes on each thing I do: jumping rope, shadow boxing, bag work, double bag work, slip bag work, and pad work. All that followed by abdominal work and stretching.”
7. What advice would you give to anyone looking to get into the sport of boxing?
“My advice to anyone looking to be apart of this sport is don’t do it, ha ha! But seriously, if anyone wanted to do this on an amateur or professional level they must have a strong mind-set to accept any outcome of the fights, an extremely hard work ethic, patience, be able to take direction/advice/criticism all to get better and the ability to use discretion on listening to certain people as far as trusting their knowledge of the sport. This is a dirty sport and some people would feed you to the wolves and sometimes without you even knowing it. Finally, make sure they’re 100% ready for each and every fight they would take.”
8. When can we see you back in the ring and what does the future hold for you?
“As of right now, I don’t know when I’ll be back in the squared circle. I was scheduled to fight March 16th in Lowell, Massachusetts but the business side of things stood in front of my me for this one and being I’m an unsigned fighter, fights come how they come. As a professional athlete, I stay in shape and ready for any opportunity that may be presented.”