David Lawrence Wants to Leave his Mark

March 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

David Lawrence in his office at Gleason's world famous boxing gym in Brooklyn.

David Lawrence in his office at Gleason’s world famous boxing gym in Brooklyn.

David Lawrence’s office in Gleason’s Boxing Gym is a shrine to his life. Every wall and shelf is crowded with trophies and articles written about him. But despite having made a lot of noise in the arenas of boxing, finance, and literature, to name a few, he has never taken himself too seriously.

It is Lawrence’s tireless pursuit of new adventures that landed him in the pages of magazines. He is the oldest man to ever become a professional boxer, turning pro at 44. He has also been a Wall Street millionaire, a poet, a male model, a rapper, and a convict.

Last December he was named number 41 in New York Magazine’s list of Top 100 Reasons to Love New York.

These days, he pends most of his time at Gleason’s— coaching or writing in his office. Lawrence graduated with a Ph.D. in literature from CUNY in 1976. He has published several books of poetry and a memoir—”The King of White Collar Boxing.”

He hopes to leave his mark on the world by contributing to the realm of literature. He considers himself to be a man of his particular time and that’s what he wants to be remembered for.

“I think I’m completely multifarious and different and contradictory and take all my contradictions and say ‘here was a man who lived at this period and look what he was thinking.'”

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