Dorian “Educated Boxer” Bostic, a local boxer with aspirations of becoming the first Black American world champion to earn a Ph.D, hosted a fundraising and training event at Corner Team Boxing and Fitness Club on June 17th, 2022.
Dozens of supporters and community members attended the two-hour event that also featured live music, food and “Educated Boxer” merchandise for sale. Bostic (11-0, 11 KOs) is moving his own boxing career and is raising funds for training expenses and fees.
He also held the function to showcase some of his training routine. The evening began with Bostic going through some of his warm-ups, including jumping rope and shadow boxing before he went on to hit punching bags for a few rounds. He then stepped in the ring with a training partner to spar for several minutes, displaying his boxing ability, before rounding things off with a few rounds of mitt work to give guests a glimpse into everyday life in the gym.
“I kind of expected that because I invited so many people,” Bostic said of the turnout. “I know I have a local buzz and I’m doing something that’s never been done before.”
Washington, D.C.-based ring announcer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones attended the event as well, in addition to a few other media outlets. About an hour in, Jones led a Q&A session for guests to inquire about Bostic’s career, training regimen, adversity and more.
Boxing has been one of the most challenging ventures Bostic has ever taken on in his life, he said.
“It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I played college football and other sports growing up, but the discipline it takes to even be a C or D-level fighter is extremely difficult,” Bostic said, also speaking upon the importance of understanding contracts and business.
The fundraising and training event came as he prepares for a few upcoming fights that will preface a major bout slated for September according to Bostic, who became an American Boxing Federation-Atlantic lightweight title holder after a fourth-round stoppage of Walberto Ramos on Dec. 4, 2021.
Bostic, who trains and coaches at Corner Team gym, is a few credits shy of his Ph.D. in human services administration from Walden University. A Patterson High School graduate, Bostic went on to earn an associate’s from CCBC-Essex, a bachelor’s from Coppin State University and a master’s degree from the University of Baltimore.
Ultimately, Bostic wanted to leave young people with this message: “Believe in yourself, invest in yourself and stay away from negative people.”