Growing up in Kansas City, Missouri, Franklin can’t help but remember the good things from his childhood, “Besides sports and family, there wasn’t much to do in KC but get into trouble”.
He states his mom couldn’t provide much but she did what she could. The relationship was more friendly than parent/child. Yet, ’till this day, he still loves his mama, ” I will always love that woman, you know”. We know John. Fortunately for Franklin, he had a great support system that picked up the pieces to the puzzle, ” I had an uncle and aunt that were always there for support”. At a young age, Franklin was taken in by his grandparents. He credits this move for allowing himself to achieve all the goals he’s accomplished in his life, ” They showed me a better life. It allowed me to be a kid and enjoy my childhood”.
In high school, Franklin was a standout athlete in both football and baseball. On the gridiron he excelled as a slot receiver, cornerback and in the return game. On the diamond, he roamed center field, tracking down fly balls in the alleys. He had dreams of competing at the next level, “I was getting it, I tell ya”. Maybe his athletic prowess was destined for another career.
After high school, Franklin enlisted in the US Army, where he served 10 1/2 years. During that time he took up boxing, compiling an extensive amateur career. He was a 7x All Army and Armed Forces Champion. In 2007, he took home the silver at The World Military Games. He was a member of the US Pan American team in 2011. Also in 2011, he won the Nationals.
In 2012, Franklin decided to go pro. In a little over 2 years, he complied an 8-0 record. He’s currently in training camp with WBO Lightweight Champion, Terrance Crawford, in preparation for his return on the HBO card slated for November 29th.
To say he’s excited is an understatement, ” I’m ready to go. I’m just excited we have an opponent set in place. It’s been difficult finding opposition. I’m training with the best and I’m ready to put on a show”. His opponent, hard hitting Andre Wilson, 14-7 12 KO’s, “I’m not worried one bit. We’re from the same city, I know he’s heard about me. I’m killing dudes in the gym, he better be prepared. Next patient, same treatment”.
To add more pressure, Top Rank executives will be on hand watching Franklin, ” No deal is in place yet but but after the 29th, they’ll know who John “Fast-Handz” Franklin is”.
Looking ahead, Franklin looks to make the jump to 10 rounders in 2015 with a possible title run in the Super Bantamweight division, ” I’m bringing home a title in 2015, whether it’s a vacant title or I have to take it from someone”.
When Franklin isn’t training or fighting, he’s a single father, trying to make a better life for his family. He is currently a full-time student at American Military University getting his BA in Sports Health and Science.