“Mike Tyson told me I was too pretty to be a boxer, and that I need to take a knife and make a scar down my face.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Calvin Brock, Founder and CEO of Jack and Landlords, 2000 Olympian, and former #1 world ranked pro heavyweight boxer. In, 2006, he challenged for Wladimir Klitschko’s IBF/IBC world heavyweight championship titles at Madison Square Garden televised live on HBO
Going into the Olympics, I was predicted to win gold by Sports Illustrated and my coaches. I lost my first match. After the Olympics, I was predicted to be the least likely to succeed in the pros by boxing pundits. I went on to challenge for the world heavyweight championship with an undefeated, 29–0 record, ranked #1 in the world.
We’re making contacts to the nation’s largest corporate landlords. They are Invitation homes, American Homes 4 Rent, Tricon American Homes, and Progress Residential. We are going to save them tens of millions in tax deductions while giving them the same protection without security deposits at no cost to their pockets.
With Jack and Landlords, landlords are doing away with security deposits and having tenants do an addendum for the additional cost of the landlords’ guarantee paid along with rent each month. Thereby, tenants have no large outlay of cash, give their landlords the protection equal to a month’s rent, landlords receive tax deduction, and no downside of security deposits such as disputes, landlord/tenant damage payouts, and escrow account management. Jack and Landlords is underwritten by Selective Insurance Group and is the business smart way to lease.
Mike Tyson told me I was too pretty to be a boxer. I need to take a knife and make a scar down my face. This was in 2000, with my Olympic team, in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Casino at a championship boxing match. My Olympic team and I was exiting through the back of the arena and ran into Mike Tyson in the hallway standing alone.
Don’t pass up on going to college. They will need it after boxing.
I publicly speak to kids, have mentored as a big brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters, give financially to organizations, and maintain a good character in society.
My parents. They have always been by my side with love and support even to this day. My dad never boxed before and become my amatuer boxing coach. The coach I had retired in my first year of boxing. It was a huge sacrifice on part of my mom and dad. I’m talking day in and day out for all 13 years of my amatuer boxing career.
“In the U.S., you can make it if you try.” Presidents have quoted that. It resonates to me because this is a land of opportunity for everyone rich and poor, home and homeless, parents and no parents. Our government, organizations, and citizens keep a second chance alive.
Stephen Shwarzman, co-founder and CEO of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management Company. He and his partner built the largest hedge fund asset management company in the world. One of his companies would be a great customer of mine. I hope to one day become his customer.
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Originally published at medium.com