WITIN Radio: Interview with Ian “Young General” Ian Green

by / Thursday, 15 October 2015 / Published in Boxing, Boxing Interview

After a challenging boyhood, Ian has found a clear direction to be the best boxer he can! With his father in prison for all of his childhood, Ian grew up with his mother and sister in the rough, low-rent and in-your-face city of Paterson, New Jersey. By the time he finished high school most of his friends had run afoul of the law at least once and many were in jail. A lot of the folks around Ian expected him to meet the same fate — “like father, like son,” is what most thought. Ian had other plans. On frequent visits to see his father, a young Ian was taught from the start that prison was no place for any sort of life.
He credits his father with giving him a clear sense of right and wrong and for pushing him to find a purpose and work towards it. The elder Green made clear in no uncertain terms that every decision on his path to a prison cell had been his choice, his responsibility and his mistake. He made sure his son knew how to choose better. Ian’s uncle also helped steer him in the right direction.

As a trainer at a Paterson boxing gym, he started bringing Ian along after school just to keep him out of trouble. Trouble seemed to find Ian. He was always in the way, running wild, curious and impulsive.His presence in the gym started to become a nuisance and when he was ten his uncle was given a choice – start Ian on boxing lessons or to leave him at home.