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THE DIARY OF A WIMPY KID

The life and times of Jerry ‘Wimpy’ Halstead, who was served up to big heavyweights of the eighties and nineties before retirement threatened to swallow him whole

BORN, raised and still living in Oklahoma, Jerry “Wimpy” Halstead doesn’t scare easy. So don’t ask him how he deals with the reality of life-threatening weather in his home state. “Those tornadoes aren’t nothing, man,” he chuckles. “I’ve lived with them all my life. It’s all pretty normal stuff around here.”

That fearlessness could be a testament to having competed in over a hundred professional boxing matches, or maybe it’s because he’s lived through worse experiences than whatever some wind and rain can bring him. Whatever it is, the 56-year-old Halstead is a survivor. He knows it and he’s thankful for it.

“I have people that are amazed,” he said. “I’ve weathered the fight game very well, considering the level where I was at, and I still do what I do. I can’t say it enough how blessed I feel about having those abilities and that cognitive thinking ability. The type of work that I do is very dangerous and you can get hurt easily, but I’ve been doing it so long, and being ambidextrous comes in real handy in the type of trade that I have.”

His days in the ring done for over two decades, Halstead now works in a business that was in his blood long before he put the gloves on, and as a commercial overhead doorman, he’s found a place where he’s content and able to live a comfortable life, a mix few of his peers get to experience once their fighting days are over.

“I was in the industry before I got fully locked in to being a contender and traveling and fighting,” he said.

“My father was in the industry, so it was natural for me to be right back in it when I was done. I just picked up where I left off in a way and I’ve made a very good living. It’s not [Jeff] Bezos’ money [laughs], but who has that kind of money anyway?”

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