Jackie Kallen

Up Close & Personal

1.When did you fall in love with boxing? 

Back in 1978 when I went to my first live fight at the old Olympia Stadium in Detroit.  I was there to cover it as a sports writer for a daily paper and I have not gotten the sport out of my heart and blood ever since. Going on 35 years now.


2.What about Boxing drew you to it? 

I loved the competitive nature of it, the athleticism involved, and the mental agility of the fighters.  The strategies they employed and the intense preparation appealed to me.


3.Who was the fighter that first grabbed your attention? 

Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns. I went to one of his early fights and was dazzled by his skill, strength and personna.


4.What 3 things do you love the most about boxing? 

The excitement of a big title fight, the thrill of building a boxer from the ground up, and the dedication these warriors display.


5.Favorite Boxer? 

Impossible to answer.  There are some that I love from the past.  Some that I personally worked with and adore.  And others that are impressing me today with their bright future.


6.Favorite Boxing Movie? 

That would be a three-way tie between the original "Rocky," "Raging Bull" and the old classic "Body and Soul."


7.What do you wish to accomplish with what you are doing? 

I am in the process of opening a boxing gym in the inner city of Detroit.  I hope to develop some good talent there and give these kids a place to train and grow.


8.Who inspires you? 

Anyone who is self-made, carved their own path, and doesn't except the word "no."