Born June 19, 1989, Fleischer began his training in martial arts at the age of 5. He credits his sensei, John Gaddy, for his rare and fluid style, instilling in him the revered tenets of the seventeenth-century art of White Tiger martial arts: confidence, perseverance, grace-under-pressure, and an unshakeable respect for the craft. Inspired by his father Phil, himself a former professional fighter, Fleischer started boxing at 9-years old. Only a year later he fought his first fight, out-boxing an older and more experienced opponent at the famed Dukers’ Gym in Newark. Throughout his middle-school years, Fleischer continued to make his bones on the junior circuit, winning numerous state and regional championships in the U.S.A. Junior Olympics, the Silver Gloves, and the Junior Olympics Golden Gloves, earning by the age of 15 the ranking of #2 junior boxer in the country at 125 lbs. Since these early days, Fleischer has never been without his grandfather’s Chai pendent when entering the ring, a supreme reminder of strength and courage in the face of adversity as well as his ultimate goal of becoming world champion.
At the age of 15, and with two consecutive Junior New Jersey Golden Gloves championships under his belt, Fleischer was chosen by Coach Mitchell to become part of the elite U.S. Olympic Education Center in Marquette, Michigan, the training ground of former World Champions Vernon Forrest, David Reid, and Brian Viloria. Under Mitchell’s tutelage, Fleischer impressed on the grinding tournament circuit and, at the age of 16, earned U.S.A. Boxing’s #5 ranking for an open fighter. He won the Wisconsin State Golden Gloves in 2007 and was named the tournament’s most outstanding boxer. Fleischer also won the Olympic box-offs and seemed destined for the trials and a place on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. An ill-timed case of Mononucleosis and a swollen spleen, however, cut short this quest. After an agonizing but ethical decision, Fleischer let his coach know that “it wouldn’t be fair to represent the United States at anything less than my physical and mental best.” Despite that adversity, Fleischer won the 2008 NJ Golden Gloves and was named the most outstanding pound-for-pound fighter of the competition. A year later Fleischer won a gold medal at the Arnold National Boxing Classic.
Fleischer realized that if he were going to pursue his dream of boxing, he would also have to earn his education “as a plan B.” While attending classes at Brookdale Community College and the Dale Carnegie School, Fleischer’s sense of family loyalty came to the forefront when he volunteered his services at his father’s trucking business, helping it through hard times during the recession. Fleischer, however, continued training and his reputation for a honed skillset was such that he became a much-requested sparring partner for professional fighters. Not only was Fleischer able to stay in fighting shape as he remained dedicated to the sport but he also graduated from Dale Carnegie and was awarded with outstanding performance for top of his class.
The postponement of Fleischer’s pro career had now come to an end. In regard to finally turning pro, Fleischer said, “Boxing is my passion. It has helped me in many life situations. Through the sport I have met and become close friends with people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions and from different ways of life. I box because I feel that it is a God-given talent, and when I am in the ring, I am doing what I was put here to do.”
Fleischer made his professional debut on January 9, 2015 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden during Roc Nation Sports’ inaugural throne boxing event, scoring a second round technical knockout victory over Frank Jordan in a fight that was televised live on FOX Sports 1. Soon after the fight, Roc Nation Sports announced that it had signed The White Tiger to an exclusive promotional agreement.