Ed Latimore is a man in his early 30’s with a profound interest in mathematics and chess. He attends the Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA that is not too far from where he grew up and spent the better part of his adulthood. There he is grinding toward a dual degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering. If you did not know already, Mr. Latimore is a professional boxer. He has taken time off to focus on school, as he was once part of Roc Nation Sports. He is not what you would think when someone merely uttered the word boxer. Ed is active on Twitter as he drops mind-blowing quotes, he writes, and he just genuinely likes connecting with people. Those are characteristics that make him unique.
Latimore struggled early on in his life at 19, like many young adults, as he lacked discipline. He had just dropped out of college, was gaining weight, drank a lot, chased women, and worked dead end jobs. Ed might have been someone we all know or knew at some point in our own life that did not capitalize on their youth. Suddenly, he had an epiphany as he joined Americorps, then volunteered for the Army National Guard, and boxed as an amateur.
Latimore talked about becoming a boxer. He said, “I didn’t start until I was 22. It was something I had always been interested and I knew it could help me with my weight. I was 255 pounds from all of the late night eating and thought enough is enough. So I said, “Let’s just try it out.”
Latimore shed weight fast as he went from 255 to 220 pounds. He reflected on a younger version of himself as having a lack of discipline and self-control. Those are a few words he values the most. He adjusted his mind and started to make educated and controlled decisions. In the ring, he lacks size, but he packs powerful blows with good technique. He anticipates punches and moves his feet well defensively, which is why he has been successful. Latimore was basking in the glory of amateur boxing, as he was a state and national champion in the heavyweight division. He also made it to the Olympic qualifier before turning pro.
A typical day in the life of Ed starts off at about five o’clock in the morning. He focuses on tasks such as: academics, marketing, blogging, or connecting with the universe on Twitter. Following the miscellaneous tasks, Ed hits the gym where he bulks up and hits the treadmill before heading to class. After class, he helps kids out by tutoring them before finally heading home. Latimore helps them with schoolwork, but he plants seeds of wisdom in the back of their mind.
“Discipline and dedication to something is all you need. You can make a life for yourself that people can learn from,” Latimore referenced as things he says to the younger generation.
Currently, the heavyweight boxer is currently 13-1 with seven knockouts to his name. The loss he took was eye opening and gut wrenching, but he learned to live with it. Latimore is 6’1 and generally fights at 220 pounds or lower so he is often at a disadvantage. He learned the importance of having a strong base.
“I got hit and I realized I was not as balanced as I should have been,” stated the Pittsburgh native. “I need to keep my hands up.”
Latimore, in a matter of fact tone, talked about how the fight bothered him for about a week or two. However, he realized life goes on and there are global issues in the world that are worth being mad about.
The Pittsburgh brawler credits two people as his mentors in life. His boxing coach has been great to him and helped shape him into the man he is today. He helped Latimore be a pro and develop as a fighter. Out of the ring, Jack Murphy has helped him capitalize on having a fanbase. Latimore has developed better over the years as a writer as his confidence has grown.
The former amateur national champ is a writer and recently published “Not Caring What Other People Think is a Superpower: Insights From a Heavyweight Boxer.” The book is a collection of essays on pillars of life people should know including: hard work, self-control, relationships, and sobriety. The book has been his main focus as he continues to focus on earning a dual degree. After dropping out at 19, Latimore understands the importance of school.
He said, “The most important thing is not school itself because school is just an instrument. What is important is what you do with it. For me, people can appreciate the work being done in the field I am in.”
Boxing has gotten a bad wrap amongst fans as a “dying sport.” Is it dying though? Latimore believes the sport is in a renaissance with it being on more networks than in the last 20 years. He noted PBC, Spike, ESPN, HBO, Showtime, and Pay-Per-View as the bigger platforms for a fight. It is big overseas as there is usually a fight on every weekend. He respects what Floyd Mayweather has done for the sport in terms of glamorizing and popularizing the sport. His success in the ring helps too. The answer to that question is an emphatic no.
At 32, Latimore is not sure when his next fight will be, but acknowledged the fact that he is not done. This is a man with a lot of wisdom and is extremely intelligent. He tweets brainteasers, is improving as a writer, and has launched a book. Latimore answers questions with well thought out responses and is articulate. These qualities translate to his writing. He is a motivated fighter with his hands in different fields thanks to his growing fanbase. He continues to supersede the idea of a typical boxer and get as much out of the sport as the sport gets out of him.