Courtney Pennington Speaks on the Reality of Politics in Boxing
In 2019, 3Kings Boxing wrote a featured article on junior middleweight Courtney “King Penn” Pennington (15-4-3, 7KOs). Thanks to affiliate Ricardo Mohamed, CEO of Brawler Sports Media, King Penn sat down to talk about his career and the business side of the sport.
The 35-year-old Brooklyn native signed to Brawlers Sports Management after a falling out with Banner Promotions. If that name sounds familiar it should; it is the ex-promotional company of two-divisional champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade.
King Penn has won 3 out of his last 4 fights since 2019. Typically fighting at junior middleweight, Pennington poked his pinky toe in the welterweight division, which he claims may be a final destination.
THE POLITICS IN BOXING IS REAL
The term “politics in boxing” is used sometimes as a punch-line by fans. However, fighters will tell you how real that phrase impacts their careers. Pennington reflected upon his experience when speaking on the sport’s political side.
“In any situation, boxing, business, whatever, you got to know what side you’re on, okay! That’s a part of understanding the game. You know, everybody knows that there’s politics in boxing. A lot of people don’t understand the politics.”
Pennington understands the game completely, hence why he has no problem traveling to enemy territory and is willing to do what is needs to be done.
“I’m the upset king, the road warrior. I don’t mind going to other territories and doing what I got to do, and I know that I have to put on a show and totally dismantle the opponent. Because you know, once again, I’m the B-side. Once you understand the side you’re on, you know what you got to do.”
“What don’t kill you makes you stronger, and you really got to learn from these instances. Because if you don’t learn, it’s going to happen to you over and over again […] turn it over in your favor by training harder, coming harder and like I said doing what you got to do.”
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By: Garrisson Bland