Glenn’s toughest fights have been outside the ring

Glenn has been fighting most of his life. He wrestled in high school and then became interested in boxing. He competed as an amateur and then turned professional, amassing a very respectable 29-6 record with 18 knockouts.

Obviously, Glenn has faced some very tough opponents. Televised bouts against Roy Jones Jr. and James Toney, both highly regarded former champions in multiple weight classes, are evidence that Glenn can stand toe-to-toe with the best.

But the toughest opponent he ever faced was drugs and alcohol. That proved to be a combination punch that robbed Glenn of his natural ability and sent him to the canvas for decades.
It is a testament to Glenn’s physical skills that he was able to become a professional boxer despite being a homeless substance abuser. “I had been drinking and drugging my whole life. I started drinking beer on the school bus when I was 15,” said Glenn.

It may have started with beer but Glenn’s addiction escalated to include drugs. Still, it was his personal battles that provided the greatest challenge.

“I had lots of fights outside the ring because I was mad at the world,” Glenn explained. “Most of the fights I got into were my own fault.”

But Glenn is a different man now. He has been sober for almost eight months. Thanks to St. John Center he has an apartment. “St. John Center got me a place which helps me stay sober and off the streets. You did a lot for me over the years,” he said.

Now 53, Glenn first visited St. John Center 15 years ago. He was housed just in time for Christmas in 2013. “Having a home has taught me a lot of things, like being responsible enough to pay the rent on time, feed myself, entertain myself, and keep certain people away. I’m not about to let anyone cost me my apartment,”

“It makes me feel human and more like a man to have my own spot,” added Glenn. “I really like being able to decide when I’m going to eat, take a shower, watch TV, go to bed, and get up in the morning. When you are homeless you are told when you can do everything. Now God and I control of my life.”

Paulette Sublett is Glenn’s housing case manager. “I admire Glenn’s perseverance and ability to be brutally honest with himself. He has stumbled along the way but he always gets back up. He recognizes when he needs help and is willing to do whatever is necessary to get it,” said Paulette. “Glenn has had a long battle but he has emerged victorious. His sobriety is proof that he saw something he wanted and went out and made it happen. The dogged determination he has shown makes me feel good about his future.”

While Glenn does receive disability benefits, he wants to find a job that will allow him to become a productive citizen. “I got help when I needed it and now it’s time for me to do my part,” he said.

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