A native of Trelawny, Jamaica, Michael Clarke started boxing as a way to stay in shape and now aspires to make it as a pro. Clarke, 27, joined the Baltimore Boxing Club in Fells Point after graduating from Florida State University. On Thursday, the club presents an amateur boxing night; Clarke will compete in the 165-pound class, will face Dillion Hoyer – the only opponent, he says, who handed him a loss as an amateur. Here, Clarke shares his take on skinny jeans for men (a no-no), PB&J (“a delicacy,” he says) and more.
What's on your iPod? I listen to a lot of reggae music.
What song are hating/loving right now? I love the song “Patience” by Damien Marley and Nas.
Last concert you went to? It's been a while since I attended a concert. The last one was probably Movado at Crossroads.
Your worst habit? Chewing ice, I have been told it's pretty annoying.
Favorite band? The Roots.
Last movie you liked/disliked? The last movie I liked was “The Hangover 2.”
Last video that made you snort with laughter? The “Double Rainbow” video on YouTube.
TV show you can't get enough of? “The Daily Show with John Stewart.”
Favorite book you recently read? “Bitter Orange” by Racquel Fagon; it's a great read.
Last great meal you had? Peanut butter and jelly; it's a delicacy.
Food you hate? All types of fast food
Favorite place to get a drink? Ozo's Bar and Lounge in D.C.
Favorite store? Foot Locker
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Skinny jeans for men
Favorite fashion statement? When it comes to fashion I'm pretty simple, but anything Polo will do.
Favorite quote/saying? Don't let life get in the way of your dreams.
Favorite boxer? My favorite fighter out now is the Light Heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud, but growing up I loved watching Felix Trinidad fight.
Favorite way to relax? Being amongst family and friends
If you go
What: The Baltimore Boxing Club's Amateur Boxing Night
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Michael's 8th Avenue, 7220 Grayburn Drive, Glen Burnie
Tickets: $25-$50; go to baltimoreboxing.com