Tony Jeter is a world-class boxer who has been at the pro level for many years. He also has his own promotions company, Jeter Promotions, which produces boxing matches and other events.
That is not a typical combination and the two time-consuming endeavors keep Jeter light on his feet, both in and outside the ring.
"It is extremely stressful," said Jeter, a Laurel High graduate who trains at the Laurel Boys and Girls Club. "It is crazy and stressful. Why do I do it? That is a good question. I am a glutton for punishment."
Jeter is assisted by his wife, Christen Jeter, who runs a gym they own in Millersville. But there is only so much that Jeter like to turn over to others.
"I like to have control; I don't want to say I am a control freak. If [something] is determining my future, I want to have a say in the outcome. Most of the time it goes well," he said.
The past week was an eventful one for Jeter. On the morning of May 20 he drove to Atlantic City to attend one day of the four-day International Boxing Federation convention.
He drove back that night to his home in Stevensville and the next morning was at the Laurel Boys and Girls Club training for his next fight, which will be June 14 in Springfield, Va., against a to-be-named opponent.
Then on June 28 he will team up with Robert Crawford, a long-time member of his boxing team, to put on an amateur boxing event at The Gardens Ice House in West Laurel. Crawford has helped train Jeter off and on since the 1990s.
"If it hadn't been for this program he could have been a very different [outcome]. Now he is a successful husband, father and businessman," Crawford said of Jeter.
Jeter, who has two young children, was ranked 12th in the WBC after he beat Victor Hugo Correa in Millersville in May 2013. He was named Boxing Along the Beltway's 2012 Boxer of the Year.
In February, Jeter made his first trip to Europe as he accepted an invitation to fight in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Jeter had been dealing with a sore back when he was approached about six weeks before the fight in Denmark. He signed a contract five weeks before the bout and was in Denmark about six days before the fight.
"They treated me very nicely," Jeter said, and he stayed at a five-star hotel.
Crawford joined Jeter in Denmark, carrying out his role in taping up Jeter's hands before his fights.
But Jeter's first trip to Europe wasn't successful; he was knocked out by Patrick Nielsen on Feb. 15 in Denmark.
"I did horrible," Jeter said.
Even though he had been training for another fight, and had been "out of commission" at times with his back injury, Jeter felt he had to accept the offer to fight in Denmark.
"They gave me a lot of money. I may not get that opportunity again. I am 38. I had to take it. It did not work out," said Jeter.
Since that fight he has been training at the Laurel Boys and Girl and Club. On April 26 he bounced back to beat Guillermo Valdes of Miami with a first-round knockout in a middleweight event at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, Va. With the win Jeter improved to 16-4-1 with 11 knockouts.
Jeter began going to the Laurel Boys and Girls Club as a young boy and started boxing when he was 15 or 16.
Jeter said the solo nature of boxing can be a challenge.
"Boxing is the sport where it's just you," he told boxtingtalk.com. "You're not relying on a team. You can't take a time out. It's a hard sport, but when you win, everything goes to you."
Jeter said unless another big day comes along, like the one in Denmark, he will focus on getting to the 20-win level as a pro fighter.
"I know time is running out" as a boxer, he said. "We have to pick up the pace."
Even so, Jeter already knows his next step — that of a boxing promoter.